jon magnussen / composer

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Music for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1999)
for tape, steel drum, boom-whackers™, string quartet, and actor/musicians

World Premiere: November 6, 1999
The Shakespeare Theatre
Washington, D.C.

Commissioned by the Shakespeare Theatre, Washington D.C.

“...On the upside, Jon Magnussen's music, scored primarily for steel drum, is delightful.” -- —Lloyd Rose, The Washington Post, November 16, 1999

[Audio excerpt - "Into Puck's World" -Magnussen, vocals, synths]

 [Audio excerpt - "Just a Dream" - string quartet {Meg Okura, vln.; Catherine Bent, vcl}]

 [Audio excerpt - "Midsummer Pastiche Waltz" - string quartet Meg Okura, vln.; Catherine Bent, vcl.]

Aukele's Odyssey (1998)
for vcl, perc, actor (25 min.)

text adaptation by Stephen Belber

World Premiere: May 14, 1997
Young Concert Artists International
Merkin Hall
New York, New York
David Eggar, violoncello
Pablo Rieppi, percussion
Matt Yeoman, actor

This work toured five New York City public schools (grades 3-8)  in 1998 with the creators and performers.  It recounts the adventures of a young Polynesian chief who sails for an unknown land, undertakes a perilous quest, and overcomes formidable opponents.

[Audio excerpt - world premiere performers]

[score sample - pdf] 

[note - pdf] 

[actor's text - pdf]

Music for John Barry's Paris Bound (1993)
cl, alto sax, pno
World Premiere: Spring 1993
Susan Jennings, alto sax
Jon Magnussen, piano
Fondation des Etats-Unis
Grande Salle
Cité Universitaire
Paris, France


(18 July 2008)

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