Herbert Deutsch and Marga Richter struck a chord from the moment they met 48 years ago.
Their connection began when Richter, who had studied composition at The Juilliard School of Music and had written works for the Harkness Ballet, attended a concert featuring Deutsch’s music. Excited by what she heard, she struck up a conversation with him afterward.
On Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, Parma Records is releasing our new CD: “Harmonize Your Spirit With My Calm.” Although Parma has been recording in Russia for years, this is the first time that words will be sung in Russian on a Parma recording, which features the first orchestral recordings of works by LICA composer Joel Mandelbaum. Helene Williams is the principal soloist in works by each of the two composers, who also perform each other’s music. Settings of poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, a piano prelude and a string quartet are among those works reissued here, from previous performances on LICA concerts, recorded on Capstone Records. The cover design is based on work by Ellen Mandelbaum.
In November of 2015, LICA composers George Cork Maul, Jay Anthony Gach and Dana Richardson traveled to Perugia, Italy, for a performance and their new collaboration, “Cittá Incantate (Enchanted Cities): Perugia-New York” by the VibraHarpTrio.
VibraHarp Trio, comprised of Fabrizio D’Antonio on vibraphone, Maria Chiara Fiorucci on harp and Ivo Scarponi on cello, played pieces by the three composers in attendance and by LICA composer Steven L. Rosenhaus.
Una grande collaborazione!
LICA Composers were honored by the City of Perugia for their work as cultural ambassadors.
LICA Composers George Cork Maul, Jay Anthony Gach and Dana Richardson before the Perugia concert.
VibraHarpTrio is Fabrizio D'Antonio on vibraphone, Maria Chiara Fiorucci on harp and Ivo Scarponi on cello
In March 2010, Scarecrow Press published Elie Siegmeister, American Composer: A Bio-Bibliography by Leonard J. Lehrman & Kenneth O. Boulton, with a foreword by Herbert A. Deutsch. This month, a review by Howard Pollack appeared in Music Library Association Notes. The url for that is https://www.areditions.com/journals/notes/67.3Tear/Books/Pollack.pdf. His summary final sentence reads: “This is, like Lehrman’s Blitzstein bio-bibliography, a landmark in American music scholarship, a significant book, and one that deserves to be a part of any serious music library’s collection.”
Marga Richter is included in a new publication from Scarecrow Press entitled: WOMEN OF INFLUENCE IN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC: Nine American Composers. Richter’s chapter was written by Sharon Mirchandani, professor of musicology at Rider University. In addition to a fairly comprehensive biographical sketch, short musical examples of 7 works spanning six decades plus an in-depth analysis of Qhanri, for cello and piano, are included.
Furthermore, Marga Richter’s one-act chamber opera Riders to the Sea (text by John M. Synge) has just been released by Leonarda Productions, Inc.Vocal parts include soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto and tenor. It is scored for: fl/picc., pitched bells, bohdran (Irish drum), Irish harp, concert accordion, two violins, viola and two cellos. Also on the CD is her Kyrie for String Quintet.
LAST spring Paul Hefner, a bandleader and composer from Floral Park, had the idea of spotlighting Tara Nova, a longtime vocalist with his group, in a concert with a local twist: It would feature music by his colleagues in the Long Island Composers Alliance, which has more than 50 members.
Shot at a concert by the Long Island Composers Alliance, this video features an interview about the group with composer/synth pioneer Herb Deutsch, and performances by composers like Jack Hotop, Rob Schwimmer, Deutsch, and others. You can view it at Electronic Musician TV.