Play is a 50-minute orchestral work written by eclectic and adventurous young composer Andrew Norman. His music has been cited in the New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors” and in 2012, his string trio, “The Companion Guide to Rome,” was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Norman is the recipient of numerous of the world’s top awards and honors in music, including the 2005 ASCAP Nissim Prize, the 2006 Rome Prize and the 2009 Berlin Prize. His symphonic works, often noted for their clarity and vigor, have been performed by many of the world's great orchestras, including the New York, Los Angeles, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonics, the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, the BBC Symphony, Tohnalle Orchester Zurich, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Andrew has collaborated with musical luminaries such as Simon Rattle, Gustavo Dudamel, John Adams, and Marin Alsop, and upcoming projects include new concertos for Emanuel Ax, Colin Currie, and Jennifer Koh.
Premiered in May 2013, Play will be the second piece on a full CD of Norman's music on BMOP/Sound. This CD of works marks the culmination of Norman’s tenure as Composer-In-Residence with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which commissioned Play and has performed his chamber and orchestral works over the past two years. Play is the longest piece that Norman has written to date, and was fertile ground for Norman to delve deeply into some of the inspirations that drove his compositional process, including interpersonal relationships, video game dynamics, theater, and the myriad definitions of the word “play,” ranging from the innocent and light-hearted to the dark and malevolent.
BMOP is recognized as the premiere orchestra in the United States dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music. Since its founding in 1996, BMOP has commissioned new works and re-discovered "classics" of the 20th century, infusing them with the emotion, humor, and urgency that have been hallmarks of the modern era and its music. BMOP’s record label, BMOP/sound, serves as a platform for BMOP’s extensive archive of music, but also aims to provide universal access to both classics of the 20th century and the music of today’s most innovative composers.
Recording a CD is expensive work, and we need your help to raise the $8000 needed to make a recording of Play possible. Funds will go toward recording costs such as renting a recording space and hiring engineers, paying the orchestra, and post-processing and production. Every donation makes a huge difference, no matter the size. We hope you will consider donating to this project, and to the future of new music. Thanks!
"Norman’s piece succeeded beyond what even his most ardent supporters could have anticipated. Combining everything from Bach to Reich in beautiful form, he channeled the modern human condition in which technology dominates ever more of our lives." -The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"No matter how complex and seemingly chaotic the music became, Norman’s contrapuntal skill and imaginative handling of the large orchestra were evident throughout....A single hearing can hardly do a piece like Play justice, but the work’s ambition and brilliant performance earned it warm and prolonged applause." -The Boston Classical Review
Risks and challenges
Trying to nail down the perfect recording on a tight schedule is always tricky - one of the most common challenges is running slightly over the allotted time period designated for the session, thus incurring overtime charges for the musicians, engineers, and hall rental. However, because of the scale and complexity of this work, we have preemptively scheduled extra session time for this recording, and these funds will help guarantee that overtime will not be an issue.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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