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Van Gogh (1991) 63'

Text by Michael Gordon (based on the letters of Vincent Van Gogh)

Cast: S,T,B,cl(bcl),perc,egtr,pn,vn,va,vc,db

New York State Council on the Arts

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Michael Gordon’s new album Dystopia

WQXR/Q2’s Album of the Week
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Michael Gordon’s newest album, Dystopia, which includes Rewriting Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony (plus an iTunes exclusive, Gotham), includes some of his most ambitious orchestral projects to date. These works are monumental statements of Gordon’s passion for pushing the modern symphony to its extremes.

The title piece, Dystopia, a city symphony for Los Angeles, was commissioned and premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic…

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Biography

Michael Gordon’s music merges subtle rhythmic invention with incredible power embodying, in the words of  The New Yorker‘s Alex Ross, “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz and the intransigence of classical modernism.”

Over the past 30 years, Gordon has produced a strikingly diverse body of work, ranging from large-scale pieces for high-energy ensembles to major orchestral commissions to works conceived specifically for the recording studio…

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Gordon orchestral premieres

In May, Michael Gordon receives orchestral premieres: The Unchanging Sea (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra) and CORPUS (Ballett Zürich)

On May 19, the Rotterdam Philharmonic with pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama and conductor Bas Wiegers gives the Dutch premiere of Gordon’s The Unchanging Sea, with a new film by Bill Morrison.

Co-commissioned with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, this is the fifth work with orchestra for Gordon and Morrison, whose fourteen collaborations span nearly 20 years…

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