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Events that influence my compositions:
• Last season we attended a series at the Metropolitan Opera as well as some concerts by NYFOS, the New York Festival of Song.
• Last year, we traveled to Mexico City and Guanajuato to see our friend Kate Burt. Kate is a theatre and opera director and we were thrilled to see the wonderful work she is doing in Mexico such as staging Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”
• We will probably be in Québec City (and perhaps Montréal) this summer to see some of their events.
• Manny and Jackie will be attending the The Western Wind workshop for musicians at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Jackie will be working with different choral groups and Manny will be spending his days writing music again. We’ll cover some the interesting events for that week when we return.
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Critical acclaim for performances:
“In the live portion, Mr. Smit and Emmanuel Sinderbrand played, among other works, the 1926 Piano Concerto of Aaron Copland ... works of the most challenging difficulty, involving the illusion of ‘throwing it away’ with casual and impromptu effect under the most rigorous technical exactitudes ... all the performers are blessed with both the natural and educated sense of the American idiom at the base of the works.”
“The performance ... tremendous. Real musicians, full of music, full of talent, great rhythm.”
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• Sinderbrand is currently taking sections of some of his earlier compositions and rendering them in a digital format. These excerpts will be placed on this web site as soon as they are completed. Some should be available by spring of 2018.
Most of these compositions have already been performed and are available as scores and parts.
Pieces being digitized, in addition to what’s on the “Compositions” page will include:
• “Sonata Concertante for Harpsichord, Piano and String Orchestra” (Revised in 2016)
• Cantata, “Time Present”
• Tannery Falls, for small orchestra
• Sonata for Violin and Piano, Opus 18
• Anthem: “The Intangible Sea”====