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  • ONCE UPON A TIME...
  • Composers were versatile musicians who conducted and soloed in their own works. Stanley Friedman carries on this tradition in the 21st-Century.
  • "Composers must not isolate themselves from the public or from other musicians. We are all in this together."

"My music can’t be pigeonholed. Some of my works are avant-garde, envelope-pushing. But I’ve also written pieces that are quite retro, thoroughly Classical or Romantic.

It depends on my mood or what the specific commission or occasion demands.

I don’t worry much about labels; the music speaks for itself."

REVIEWS

Regenesis, [conducted by composer Stanley Friedman] combines sustained dissonant string chords with a recurring bassoon theme...and progresses to a busy polyphonic texture, with banter between woodwinds and brasses... The piece suggested the sensation of a momentous occasion and an ensuing journey. Memphis Commercial Appeal on Opera Memphis Salutes Israel at Fifty.

 

(Friedman is] ...a significant new opera composer. Undoubtedly a dramatic plot... Glorious...melodies, communicating directly and making the dramatic points with an ease that is welcome.

– The Dominion (New Zealand)

 

...Hypatia is dynamite! It's surely going to be one of the best-loved operas of our time. ...your Music not only capitalizes on all the opportunities the story provides but goes beyond that to be just wonderful music in its own right. Few composers have shown me such ability to write music which is clear and expressive in its harmonic shadings while at the same time fresh and personal.

– Dr. Donald Friend, Indiana University

 

...His music creates engaging sonorities and provocative rhythms... The ingenious trumpet and tuba solos call for a specialized form of dexterity and tonal production and received expert service from Thomas Stevens and Roger Bobo

– Los Angeles Times

 

I have had a real, strong emotional shock listening to… [Hypatia]. You have a great talent.

 

– Jean-Pierre Mathez, BIM Publications, Switzerland

...Songs from Porgy and Bess brought moments of musical magic. The (Christchurch, NZ Symphony) offered accompaniments of commendable sensitivity and tonal richness. [Conductor] Stanley Friedman ably directed the players through a sparkling delivery...

 

– The Christchurch Press, New Zealand

 

...Friedman had been commissioned by the ITG to write a new work ... Given the success of his widely acclaimed Solus, he had seemed a most logical choice. This new work LAUDE. . . is an unusually effective solo.... It constantly demands the listener' s attention.

 

– ITG Journal

 

 

...The most significant performance of the 1992 festival. Hypatia followed a more traditional pattern, as befits a classical subject, with set pieces that studied states of mind, with time for things to evolve. Hypatia comes across as well-made.. Orchestrally impressive and lyrically quite rich.

 

– New Zealand Opera News

 

The fullest example of what the voice is capable of was provided by Stanley Friedman's She Walks in Beauty... It has erotically charged scriabin-like harmonies and ecstatically arching vocal lines delivered with effortless beauty.

– The Dominion, New Zealand

 

His new Concerto Grosso skillfully joins classical and baroque ... Ideas and forms with a strictly contemporary musical language. ... Full of dramatic surprises... Totally American, totally original...

 

– Pasadena Star News

PROJECTS

COMMISSIONS

MASTER CLASSES

PREMIERS

Texas A&M University, Kingsville

New Brass Directions, Belgium

International Trumpet Guild

CBDNA

Pastiche

Opera Memphis

New Zealand International Festival of the Arts

Yale

University of Michigan

Indiana University

Northwestern University

Cleveland Institute of Music

University of North Carolina School for the Arts

Texas Christian University

Southern Methodist University

Belmont University

University of Tennessee

 

Northwestern University Orchestra

International Horn Society

New Brass Directions, Belgium

The Banff Festival/International Trumpet Guild

Hochschule für Musik - Detmold, Germany

Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Society

l'Ensemble Intercontemporain, Paris

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Memphis Symphony

Music of Stanley Friedman

 

Subito Music

 

SoundCloud

 

Yamaha

 

Editions BIM

Music may be purchased from the following vendors:

 

Hickey

 

Sheet music plus

 

Pepper

 

Just for Brass

 

Editions BIM USA resellers lists

B’SHERTAH

KOLOT SHKETIM

HYPATIA

LA PITTURA

 

קולות שקטים

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SOLUS

ABOUT

STANLEY FRIEDMAN'S music has been premiered by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, l'Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society, the Memphis Symphony, the Northwestern University Orchestra and by major soloists in festivals around the world. His opera HYPATIA (premiered in concert at the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts) earned praise as orchestrally impressive and lyrically quite rich" [(NZ) Opera News]. The (NZ) Dominion identified Friedman as "…a significant new opera composer."

 

Widely known for his music for brass, Friedman has received awards and commissions from the International Trumpet Guild, the International Horn Society, the International Trombone Association and many leading soloists and ensembles. His SOLUS for unaccompanied trumpet is a world success and has been designated required contemporary repertoire" for major international solo competitions. Friedman's works are published by EDITIONS BIM (Switzerland), SUBITO MUSIC and ASHER ROSE MUSIC (USA), ANTES EDITION (Germany)and are recorded on multiple labels.

 

A YAMAHA TRUMPET ARTIST, Friedman has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and held principal positions with the New Zealand Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic. His solo CD The Lyric Trumpet (ODE #1327) won Best Classical Recording of 1989 honors at the New Zealand Music Awards and has been critically acclaimed in leading publications. Friedman has presented solo recitals and master-classes throughout the U.S. and abroad and often is called upon to conduct concerts and recordings of his music.

 

Born in 1951, Friedman earned a doctorate in composition at the Eastman School of Music. In addition to his composing, performing and conducting, Friedman has held faculty positions at universities around the world.

COMPOSER • CONDUCTOR • YAMAHA TRUMPET ARTIST

GUEST ARTIST

MASTER CLASSES and GUEST ENGAGEMENTS • 2014 - 2015

 

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, Bienen School of Music

INDIANA UNIVERSITY, Jacobs School of Music

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN School of Music

CLEVELAND INSTITUTE OF MUSIC

YALE UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS College of Music

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY, Meadows School of the ARTS

TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY School of Music

BELMONT UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE School of Music

WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

GARDNER - WEBB UNIVERSITY

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY

INTERLOCHEN ARTS ACADEMY

prior to 2014

 

HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK, Hanns Eisler; Berlin, Germany

HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Karlsruhe, Germany

HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Freiburg, Germany

HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Detmold, Germany

HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Andelsbuch, Austria

HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Kitzbühel, Austria

HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Bregenz, Austria

HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Linz, Austria

VORALBERGER MUSIKWERKE; Feldkirch, Austria

HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Bern, Switzerland

HOCHSCHULE FÜR MUSIK; Luzern, Switzerland

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY/Long Beach

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY/Fullerton

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

BOSTON CONSERVATORY

BOSTON UNIVERSITY

BOSTON OPERA INSTITUTE

CINCINNATI CONSERVATORY

ST. OLAF COLLEGE

EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC

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