Aaron Jay Kernis
by Leta E. Miller
The first full-length biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer
Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Grawemeyer Award, Aaron Jay Kernis achieved recognition as one of the leading composers of his generation while still in his thirties. Since then his eloquent yet accessible style, emphasis on melody, and willingness to engage popular as well as classical forms has brought him widespread acclaim and admiring audiences.
Aaron Jay Kernis, Ballad(e) Out of the Blues [Superstar Etude #3]
For piano solo (2007)
Aaron Jay Kernis, Symphony of Meditations (Symphony #3), movement 2
For orchestra, chorus, and soprano soloist
Aaron Jay Kernis, Goblin Market (1995), for narrator and chamber orchestra, excerpts
Text by Christina Rosetti
Aaron Jay Kernis, Pieces of Winter Sky
Streaming Video and Audio Resources
Aaron Kernis recommends the following YouTube performances of his works:
Meditations, no. 1 ("Effortlessly Love Flows"; 1998)
Performers: Ensemble vocal, Germany, Cornelius Trantow, conductor.
Meditations, no. 4 ("How God Answers the Soul"; 1998)
Utah Valley University Chamber Choir, Reed Criddle, conductor
and Prayer (1995)
Performers: Francesco d'Orazio, violin; Aaron Jay Kernis, conducting.
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zg8Yt7D9wFs
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKyOARLmnCc
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnG9fTl7WOg
Musica celestis (version
for string orchestra; 1990)
Performers: City of Birmingham Orchestra, Hugh Wolff, conductor
Performers: Calder Quartet and John Bruce Yeh, clarinet
Movement with Hymn (in an arrangement with clarinet
substituting for viola; 1993)
Performers: Soli Chamber Ensemble: Ertan Torgul, David Mollenauer, Carolyn True, Stephanie Key
Etude #1 (1992)
Performer: Gregory Brown, piano
Etude #2 (2002)
Performer: Andrea Lam, piano
in Red (2001)
Performers: Soli Chamber Ensemble: Stephanie Key. David Mollenauer, Carolyn True
Playlist from Kernis's 50th Birthday Concert at Le Poisson Rouge, New York
Air for violin and piano (1995): Tim Fain, violin, Peiyao Wang, piano
The Blue Animals (1983): Robert Osborne, bass-baritone; Aaron Kernis, piano
Two Movements with Bells (2007): James Ehnes, violin, Andrew Armstrong, piano
Ballad for 8 Cellos (2004): Joshua Roman, live and recorded cellos
Superstar Etude #3 (2004–7): Di Wu, piano
Jacob Druckman, "Music Since 1968: a New Romanticism?"
Essay published in a commemorative magazine produced by the New York Philharmonic as part of its Horizons '83 festival. Reproduced with kind permission of the New York Philharmonic.
Mr. Kernis has musical publishing arrangements through G. Schirmer / AMP.
Publication of this book was supported by a grant from the Henry and Edna Binkele Classical Music Fund
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