Meadowlark Trio

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Estelle L

Ethan

Isabelle

Apsi

Chloe

Stavros

Richard Davis

Ian

Inish

Mozart Class

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Last week, I broke my leg slipped on black ice and broke my leg in two. It was on a slope and I while I was turning I put all of my weight on my right leg and just then I slid down quickly until I hit a dry spot where I tumbled three or four times. I was in shock when I looked at the painful area I saw my foot was clearly pointed the wrong way and was not going to snap. The pain was amazing. All I could think was how was I going to get back to be with my family that I love and to go to work to support them- in a split second it was all over. A nice person from next store whom I never even met was a big man from Eastern Europe and he comforted me and my misery, He said, “You will get though this”

This was not going to be the only special person I would find on this journey. My wife, Samantha, the most special person I’ve ever met didn’t hear me right away since we were just having a dance party with our son, Maximus, when she heard me she came out and she slipped too but only hurt her hand slightly. My amazing wife and soulmate went to action immediately and has done everything for me since.

While I was in the hospital, my roommate, who was an old guy from the islands who could barely speak found there was another universal language besides music we shared- laughter. For example at one point, Rocky 2 the movie came on and it is so bad- hokey-ridiculous - we started to laugh at it.. but his laugh was so rich and full it just made me laugh so harder. He was struggling with chronic hiccups and the repercussions. Sounds funny? Its not. Not all night- not all day…for over a month.. nobody could figure out why.

Every nurse there was great and treated my with problems with compassion and kindness. I look forward to bringing them something soon- like when I can walk again! Truly kind people.

After a titanium rod was placed in my knee , I woke up from that operation and my left shoulder was in so much pain it hurt more then my leg and I could not lift my arm. The PT worker there was awful and suggested that it was gas. Gas?? She read that I should be putting partial weight on my leg- which to her meant half. So understanding was that I should be putting 100 pounds of weight on mt leg walking around trying to go up steps- 24 hours after this surgery. She was awful and I was able to google what I am supposed to do since then. That night, I asked my doctor to increase my meds so i could sleep since my shoulder was in very bad shape and he agreed. However, when I told the night nurse of this she disagreed. She decided that she would not give me any meds- I rang the button over and over but she was determined to live out her shaldenfruede for my apparent wimpyness, From about 3am to 7am I sat there without any pain meds. When the nurse came i she lied and I called her out- I said please just give my meds and I fell asleep.

My point of this not to make a complaint as much as to say if you are a man and appear weak you may get punished or shamed- and that we be justified as tough love- SO in her mind this was compassion since a lesson that moaning or crying in pain sucks to listen too and people will want to hurt you even more.

From this journey I also learned that pain and laughter are from the same place. When I was getting out of bed yesterday, I didn’t expect that morning shot of piano and grimmiced loudly when my son looked up with loving concern I turned my pain into laughter and bought it 100%.

So that is my motto from this.

Each day, I let the meds were off and move around acording to the medical journals and such and fight as hard as I can to return to my work. At night, I am thankful I don’t feel the pain and sleep.

Thank you to my wife Samantha, who was and is truly with me, she helped me every moment, took off work, I mean I am very lucky and greateful for her and my son.

Get grading done for good

Halloran is like no other composer I know.  He works tirelessly not to just create his next piece but to learn to compose a masterpiece.  While studying with Lukas Foss, he once criticqued, “You are too Masterpiece oriented” .  Like Foss, Halloran is an accomplished pianist who ultimately earned his D.M.A in composition from Boston Univeristy and a degree from Eastman.   To better write realy understand what is great about all the insteruments Halloran was a professional accompanist for a decade, had a job playing the organ for over a decade, improvied music with the MIT with ballet companies, performed a s aprofessuion  harpsichord player, won an award for his musical film score. 

Halloran through the years has taught young composers to find their voices through melody and harmony. This mastery of creating music without the ability to use complex means has shaped and humbled Halloran. Halloran does not believe that you have to break rules will necessarily lead to true orinality instead believes that composers should master the music that they love. Halloran;s influences span all centeries and countreies among those are Prokofiev, Sibelius, Satie, Beethoven, Bach and Palestrina.

Improvisations op 37 were all composed with the idea of creating works that explored a special freedom from form or even standing as a complete work. The works were not literally improvised but they are in the spirit of sounding spontaneous. Improvisationis a two voice invention style which was composed intuitalvally.

Piano Sonata No. 3 is a condensed Sonata in three movements all played together. The first movement eludes to a Sonata Allegro where a machine-like march is answered by short bursts of lyricism. The work dramatize other contrasts and makes use of very large leaps in the piano to create an orchestral effect.

Event Horizon is an astroligical condition where an line where one would become pulled in the Black Hole- The point of no return. This work

Shift was a work that sort of came about through no effort. I would begin with a pattern that was

Piano Sonata No. 2 is a three movement work that was origainlly intended as a piano concerto. The piano concerto remained incomplete until the work was recontructed as a piano solo.

Galilee Hitch-Hiker are nine pieces for piano that center around the great French poet Baudelaire, each work builds visual images and surreal

White Dwarf was first conceived from an inspiration of the life of our star, the Sun, as a metaphor. The primary three stages of the Sun are the early stages before our star was born, the second stage is clockwork where everything is moving along perfectly which is the stage our Solar System is now. The last stage of our Sun is called Deep Freeze when our Sun will first get very hot and expand before it slowly contracts into the size of a very dense small planet and become cold. This is the final known stage our star the sun and represents the eternal.

The work is in three stages Chaos, Clockwork and Deep Freeze which are three movements connected. The first movement, Chaos, is not the conventional sense of Chaos, but the idea of Chaos Theory which is the smallest movements have an exponential effect on the next generation or sequence and so on. The opening uses the theme isorhythmic - the same technique that medieval composers often used yet the iso rhyhmic proportions are all based on the Golden Spiral (Fibanicci). The opening uses only 3rd and 6ths locked in a completnery canonic. The next section treats the theme as a fuguely as all while new colorful sonorities appear including the “Harmonic Consonant Triad” and part of the Pentonic scale. At the climax of this part the themes lock together and form an augmented plagal cadence which is immediately followed by the theme doubled in time. The theme is treated as a development of a Sonata and threatons to double time again at the same point again but this created such unstable music that the music takes all of what was giving to it and created a rustic Scherzo in 3/4t where the inversional retrograde of theme can be heard in the bass climbing which is sometimes answered by the actual theme. The end of the first movement is culmiationed with a the theme is a three of more voice canon which is where our Sun is ignited after darkness. Let there be light.

The second movement, Clockwork, represents the stage of our Sun today. This entire movement is a Song without Words and is set only for the soloist and piano so the orchrstra is tacet. Each verse of the song is sung in turn by each instrument. At the fifth verse the theme if the first movement appears in the cello as a counter melody. The harmic elements become completeely pentatonic but goes though the entire circle of fifhs. Each verse goes though exactly half the of the circle of . At the end the low pedal tone G can be heard churming in the bass alone.

The last movement , Deep Freeze,is a passacalia over a pedal tone the last the entire movement. Which builds up to to become a Red Giant which an enourmous star at least 100x bigger and hotter then and engulfs. When the Red Giant runs out of fuel you can here the cadcenze of the concerto insteruments dancing. As the Sun cools it will become a frozen with carbon cooling and smashing into itself virtually for ever. The end of the work is a climax the 1sr movement theme and the poass collide for the last time. The work end on a Major Third which is an incomplete triad one of the mant elements of music from the begninning which is seemingly G major chord missing the 5th.

HI, Stephen,


  I am starting the program book. Questions…


1) STUDENT COMPOSITION SHOWCASE IN RIVERA HALL.The Meadowlark Trio will perform student works for piano trio. The student composers receive comments and suggestions on their music. 

Hi Ethel,

I am sitting up today without any pain so I am though the worst of this! The Composition recital will be workshopped on March 31st. We will play through all tge works and make some changes based on feedback from the group and myself and whoever has some interesting comments. The April 6th concert (or showcase) will be a concert of polished music and a very impressive one. This concert will be amazing.


I am sending the music to Meadlowlark the next two days so I am very close to having the list for you!


2) Program notes: if you cannot send them to me now, I could print them on your bio page. If they are short, they are more likely to be read and be relevant to listeners if I can fit them onto the concert pages. But I cannot wait much longer.

I am working on them today. I would love to finish them.


3) Final decision on Piano Sonata for Faculty Recital? Does it have movements to list?

I changed my mind about this- I am sorry- it is just based off of what I can do.

Scratch the Piano Sonata No. 3 and instead I will play:

Rissoldy Rossoldy

Risseldy Rosseldy (2002) op. 35
for piano


Grotesque Dance (2017)  op. 61
for piano

4) Improvisations Stephen Halloran 2019  prem.? 1’

Oliver Cutts. piano

Is this performance a premiere?

Yes. This is the premiere.

Improvisations op 37 is comprised of many short works with various characters. Many of these works were composed thematically and explore there own path to structure. Though the works were not litereally improvised I wanted to have the feeling of improvation and of course many of these ideas were indeed improvised but. but composed with the idea of exploring a special freedom abstract included from form or even standing as a complete work. . Improvisationis a two voice invention style work that explores a dialoh that is etrorfianly chroamtic with inversionsal fugal anwers echoing with tonal answers in distant keys.

5) Anything to add to your bio? There is plenty of space.

Halloran is like no other composer I know.  He works tirelessly not to just create his next piece but to learn to compose a masterpiece.  While studying with Lukas Foss, he once criticqued, “You are too Masterpiece oriented” .  Like Foss, Halloran is an accomplished pianist who ultimately earned his D.M.A in composition from Boston Univeristy and a degree from Eastman.   To better write realy understand what is great about all the insteruments Halloran was a professional accompanist for a decade, had a job playing the organ for over a decade, improvied music with the MIT with ballet companies, performed a s aprofessuion  harpsichord player, won an award for his musical film score. 

Halloran through the years has taught young composers to find their voices through melody and harmony. This mastery of creating music without the ability to use complex means has shaped and humbled Halloran. Halloran does not believe that you have to break rules will necessarily lead to true orinality instead believes that composers should master the music that they love. Halloran;s influences span all centeries and countreies among those are Prokofiev, Sibelius, Satie, Beethoven, Bach and Palestrina.

Halloran is also a scholar with skecthes of the Masters. He has learned to emlute the process of how composers composed . This creates a lot more drafts and re-writes which is a-typical of contemporary works. Mozart was also an advid sketcher (that is correct it is just a myth that he did not sketch)

THe process of the past resembles writing- No one can possiblt just write an novel from start to finish without a plan and re-writing. This process as it was is rarely taught,

Stephen Halloran earned his BM from the Eastman School of Music and his MM and DMA from Boston University. Halloran’s awards include the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship, multiple ASCAP grants, and the Renee B. Fisher Award for the Galilee Hitchhiker for piano. His music, Xiangqian, for the film Poet, has won national acclaim, receiving the Princess Grace Award. Halloran completed a major work commissioned by the Boston Classical Orchestra entitled Concerto for New Orleans. He serves as chair of the composition department at The Rivers School Conservatory and teaches theory courses at Boston University and Tanglewood Music Center.


If you can, send me your answers interspersed on this email. I hope to hear from you very soon.

Thanks, Ethel