Anna Clyne

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Anna Clyne (born 9 March 1980, in London) is an English composer, now resident in the US. She has worked in both acoustic music and electro-acoustic music.

Biography[edit]

Clyne began writing music as a child, completing her first composition at age 11. She formally studied music at the University of Edinburgh, from which she graduated with a first-class Bachelor of Music degree with honours. She later studied at the Manhattan School of Music and earned a MA degree in music. Her teachers have included Marina Adamia, Marjan Mozetich and Julia Wolfe.

Clyne was director of the New York Youth Symphony's "Making Score" programme for young composers from 2008 to 2010. In October 2009, Clyne and Mason Bates were named co-composers in residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), as of the 2010–2011 season.[1] She took up the residency in 2010, for a scheduled term of 2 years. In January 2012, her CSO contract as co-composer in residence was extended through the 2013–2014 season.[2] After completing her tenure with the CSO, Clyne was announced as the composer-in-residence for Orchestre national d'Île-de-France from 2014 to 2016, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2015–2016 season, and The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra from 2017–2019. Clyne was appointed Associate Composer with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 2019–2022.[3]

In 2013, the concert overture Masquerade was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to open the Last Night of the Proms, where the BBC Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Marin Alsop.[4][5] Clyne was nominated for the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her double violin concerto, Prince of Clouds. Works for soloist and orchestra form an important part of her output, as is also evident from The Seamstress (2015), a single-movement violin concerto that incorporates a whispered recitation of the poem A Coat by Yeats,[5] and the five movement cello concerto Dance (2019), commissioned by Inbal Segev and recorded by her in 2020.[6]

In 2018, the music critic Corinna da Fonseca Wollheim selected Clyne's composition, Lavender Rain, for a New York Times feature on "5 Minutes that Will Make You Love Classical Music."[7] A CD of her orchestral music, Mythologies, was released in October 2020.[5]

Selected compositions[edit]

Orchestra and chamber orchestra[edit]

  • Stride for string orchestra (2020)
  • Color Field for orchestra (2020)
  • Sound and Fury for chamber orchestra (2019)
  • Restless Oceans for orchestra (2018)
  • Abstractions for orchestra (2016)[8][9]
  • RIFT for orchestra (2016)
  • This Midnight Hour for orchestra (2015)
  • Rest These Hands for chamber orchestra (2014)
  • Masquerade for orchestra (2013)[10]
  • Night Ferry for orchestra (2012)[11]
  • Within Her Arms for string orchestra (2008–2009)[12]
  • <<rewind<< for orchestra (2005–2006)

Chamber music[edit]

  • Shorthand for cello and string quintet (2020)
  • Overflow for wind ensemble (2020)
  • Breathing Statues for string quartet (2019)
  • Just As They Are for amplified ensemble and pre-recorded audio (2015)
  • A Wonderful Day for amplified ensemble and pre-recorded audio (2013)
  • Primula Vulgaris for string quartet (2010)
  • Shadow of the Words for string quartet (2010)
  • The Violin for string ensemble (2009)
  • 1987 for ensemble (2008)
  • Beware Of for alto flute, harp, viola and tape (2007)
  • Next.Stop for ensemble and tape (2007)[13]
  • Roulette for string quartet (2007)
  • Paint Box for amplified cello with guitar amp, music box and pre-recorded audio (2006)[14]
  • Steelworks for flute, bass clarinet, percussion and tape (2006)

Soloist and orchestra[edit]

  • Shorthand for cello and string orchestra (2020)
  • DANCE for cello and orchestra (2019)
  • Three Sisters for mandolin and string orchestra (2017)
  • The Seamstress for violin and orchestra (2014–2015)
  • Secret Garden for drum set and tape (2013)
  • Prince of Clouds for two violins and orchestra (2012)[15]
  • Rest These Hands for violin and string orchestra (2014)
  • On Track for piano and tape (2007)
  • Rapture for clarinet and tape (2005)[16]
  • Choke for baritone saxophone (or bass clarinet) and tape (2004)
  • Fits + Starts for amplified cello and tape (2003)

Solo instrumental[edit]

  • Hopscotch for flute (2019)
  • Snake & Ladder for soprano saxophone and live processing (2019)
  • Snake & Ladder for clarinet and live processing (2019)
  • Secret Garden for drum set and tape (2013)
  • Rest These Hands for cello (2009)
  • Rest These Hands for violin (2009)
  • Rest These Hands for viola (2009)
  • On Track for piano and tape (2007)
  • Rapture for clarinet and tape (2005)[16]
  • Choke for baritone saxophone (or bass clarinet) and tape (2004)
  • Fits + Starts for amplified cello and tape (2003)

Brass ensemble[edit]

Ensemble with voice[edit]

  • Body Compass for children's chorus and string quintet (2017)
  • This Lunar Beauty for soprano, mixed ensemble and pre-recorded audio (2015)
  • Postponeless Creature for 3 female voices and ensemble (2014)
  • The Lost Thought for 3 female voices and ensemble (2013)
  • As Sudden Shut for 3 female voices and ensemble (2012)
  • Blush for baritone, laptop and chamber ensemble (2007)

Choral works[edit]

  • The Heart of Night for choir (2020)
  • Pocket Book LXV for 8 voices (2015)
  • Pocket Book VIII for 8 voices (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Smith (16 December 2009). "The New Faces Among the Older Guard". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  2. ^ "CSO Music Director Extends Terms of Mead Composers-in-Residence Mason Bates and Anna Clyne for Two Years" (PDF) (Press release). Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 31 January 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Composer Anna Clyne to Hold Residency with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra This Season". Broadway World. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  4. ^ BBC Proms performance archive
  5. ^ a b c AVIE AV2434
  6. ^ AVIE AV2419
  7. ^ "5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Classical Music (Published 2018)". The New York Times. 6 September 2018. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  8. ^ Smith, Tim (10 May 2016). "BSO premieres colorful works by Anna Clyne, Joan Tower". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  9. ^ Battey, Robert (8 May 2016). "Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debuts two works from two 'uncommon' women". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  10. ^ Hewett, Ivan (7 September 2013). "Proms 2013: Last Night of the Proms, review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  11. ^ Johnson, Lawrence A. (7 February 2012). "Anna Clyne's Night Ferry set to sail after a long creative voyage". Chicago Classical Review. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  12. ^ Anthony Tommasini (8 April 2009). "Four Debuts, One Farewell". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  13. ^ Steve Smith (1 May 2007). "Post-Minimalist Inspirations, From Bells to Subway Noise". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  14. ^ Steve Smith (22 October 2007). "Hybrid Doesn't Always Mean Synthesis". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
  15. ^ Johnson, Lawrence A. (14 December 2012). "Clyne's new CSO work bridges the violin generations". Chicago Classical Review. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  16. ^ a b Allan Kozinn (3 June 2009). "Pairing 2 Impulses: Dreamy and Brash". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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