“Thanks to Bruce Adolphe, we’ve all learned a thing or two about listening, and about musical thinking.” — Fred Child
“Bruce Adolphe is known worldwide as a composer, but he is — above all — impossible to categorize.” — David Shifrin
"I Will Not Remain Silent is a fantastic, extremely passionate, lyrical concerto… The piece is really like a historical journey, a terrific piece.” — Daniel Hope
Jaime Martin | Bruce Adolphe | Daniel Hope
Philharmonie Essen/Sven Lorenz
"Bruce Adolphe is one of the most creative, spontaneous, and captivating composer/performers in the Classical scene!" — Mike Block
Mike Block | Steve Wilson | Bruce Adolphe | Shane Shanahan
In January, 2019, Ginkgo (Beijing) Book Co., Ltd. will publish a Chinese edition of Bruce Adolphe’s book The Mind’s Ear: Exercises for Improving the Musical Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2013).
An Italian translation by Carlo Grante of The Mind’s Ear is soon to be published by Casa Musicale Eco.
Secrets of Creativity, soon to be published by Oxford University Press, will have a chapter by Bruce Adolphe called The Musical Imagination: Mystery and Method in Musical Composition.
Premieres by Bruce Adolphe in 2019: Are there not a thousand forms of sorrow? for string quintet (two cellos) commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, October 27, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York; I too Bleed, and Hope for Beauty, inspired by the life of Alma Rosé, for chamber orchestra, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Houston, Texas, November 15.
Premieres in 2020 include: Coiled, based on Beethoven’s Opus 95 (Serioso) quartet, the Brentano String Quartet; In the Same Breath for the Dorian Wind Quintet.
Bruce is currently composing a piece for the 50th anniversary of the Da Capo Chamber Players in 2021. The work will be musical portrait/tributes in memory of Nicholas Maw, Milton Babbitt, David Golub, George Perle, and Laura Flax.
Daniel Hope has commissioned two works from Bruce to be premiered in 2019: “The Nightingale” for solo violin/narrator; “The King, the Cat, and the Fiddle” for violin solo, violin, viola, cello, bass, piano and narrator.
The Young People’s Chorus of New York has commissioned Bruce to inaugurate their new YPC National Works initiative. The new piece is called No More Bad Dreams (or How the Dream Catcher Came to Be).
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center presented Bruce’s I Saw How Fragile and Infinitely Precious the World Is at a colloquium honoring the late astronaut and scientist Piers Sellers. Organized by NASA scientist Compton Tucker, the colloquium was held on March 29th, 2019. I Saw was performed by mezzo-soprano Kady Evanyshyn and cellist Sophie Shao, with sounds from space (courtesy of NASA).
Bruce narrates Peter and the Wolf and also his own text for Britten’s A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, July 6th, 2019. Conducted by Stéphane Denève.
The South African premiere of Bruce’s Tyrannosaurus Sue: A Cretaceous Concerto took place in Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival featuring Metropolitan Opera principal trombonist Weston Sprott in July, 2019.
Featured Composition: Einstein’s Light
Einstein’s Light tells the story of Einstein as a devoted violinist who particularly loved the music of Mozart and Bach. Each of the five movements (Einstein’s Light; Struggle and Breakthrough; Einstein’s Sarabande: The Loneliness of Genius; Bending of Spacetime; Harmonic Mind) is based on music by Mozart or Bach, and then spins off into a physics-inspired “thought experiment” where the music bends, stretches, floats, and and performs other spooky actions. Einstein’s Light was recorded by violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Marija Stroke on Sony Classical.
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“With the clarity, knowledge, and joy in communicating that characterizes his lectures, Bruce Adolphe discusses music in accessible terms…” — Antonio Damasio
Bruce Adolphe | Antonio Damasio | Yo-Yo Ma
“Only Bruce Adolphe could have created such fascinating and brilliant puzzlers, filled with humor and wit — sheer genius.” — Anne-Marie McDermott
Carlo Grante | Bruce Adolphe