Shatin, Judith Website
of Charlottesville, VirginiaComposed in 1983, this three-movement piece has an harmonic background of three seventh chords which use all twelve notes of the chromatic scale. The first movement, Energetic, is a distorted scherzo; the second movement, Tranquil, is more lush; the third movement, Savage, whirls to the close.
Widdershins for piano
8'30" $ 8.00 #040079 AP-117
"'Widdershins is an almost obsolete word (now encountered most often in texts dealing with sorcery) that means 'counterclockwise.' It describes neatly some of the moods and structures in Judith Shatin's neatly contrived and richly textured atonal work, which drew a dazzling performance... and prolonged applause from the audience." (Washington Post)
Gazebo Music for Flute and Cello
6' $ 6.00 #040120 AP-730
Recording: Opus One 144 (Roxbury Chamber Players)
"delicate, understated writing" (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
"Judith Shatin's Gazebo Music (1981) was composed for a dance in which the dancers came through the woods up to the gazebo and then glided away. The arch form and flowing music fit perfectly: soft chords, pastorale, a waltz-like center section, pastorale, soft chords." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Study in Black for Flute and Percussion
4'10" $ 5.50 #040122 AP-732
Study in Black was composed at the American Dance Festival at Duke University in 1981. The piece uses restrained gestures and a nuanced starkness that sporadically unleash flashes of energy until the final frenzied explosion and decay of the ending. The title reflects the choreographic suicide ritual created by Marguerite Fishman, as well as the linear design and emotional thrust that together shaped the composer's intent.
'Tis a Gift To Be Simple
traditional Shaker hymn
SATB a cappella (easy to moderate difficulty)
$1.25 #040018 AP-518
The setting of this traditional Shaker hymn uses word painting to color the musical fabric.
"exuberant and captivating . . . bursting with imaginative detail . . . grabs a listener's attention right from the opening moment." (San Francisco Chronicle)
"neatly contrived and richly textured atonal work, which drew a dazzling performance . . . and prolonged applause from the audience." (Washington Post)
Judith Shatin is Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Her education was at Douglass College (AB), The Juilliard School (MM) and Princeton University (MFA, PhD). She has written music on commission for the Barlow Foundation, Kronos Quartet, the National Symphony, and the Women's Philharmonic. A two-year retrospective of her music was presented Shepherd College in WV, supported by a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation grant (1992-94). She has been composer-in-residence at Bellagio (Italy), the Cité des Arts (Paris) and her work has been featured at the Aspen and Grand Teton Music Festivals, and performed throughout America and abroad.
Her music is published by C.F. Peters, G. Shirmer, and Hal Leonard as well as Arsis Press.
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