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Peter Lieuwen: STAR with soprano SUSAN OWEN

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Published on May 19, 2013

Peter Lieuwen: STAR for Soprano, Violoncello, Piano and Percussion (1986).
Composed for Susan Owen. Words by Joanie Whitebird. Recording: May 7, 1987. PRISMS -- New Music Ensemble; conductor: Joan A. Smith. University of California Santa Barbara.
The music of Peter Lieuwen (b. 1953, Utrecht, The Netherlands) has been commissioned, performed and recorded by orchestras, small ensembles, and artists throughout North America and Europe. The composer has received honors, grants and awards from The National Orchestral Association (1991), Meet the Composer, Inc. (1986), League of Composers - ISCM (1987) Musicians Accord (1986), The Contemporary Record Society (1987), The Arts Council of Wales (1995, 1996, 1998), The Texas Composers Forum (1992), Texas A&M University (1994, 2005, 2011) and the Music Teachers National Association (2012).
Peter Lieuwen's symphonic music has been hailed as "an attractive array of shimmering, shuddering sonorities" (The New York Times). His orchestral works have been introduced by such orchestras as The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Americas, National Orchestral Association, Grosseto Symphony Orchestra (Italy), Kozalin State Philharmonic (Poland), Leipzig Academic Orchestra (Germany), Orion Symphony Orchestra (UK) and the Orchestra of the Swan (UK). Renowned conductors including Carl St. Clair, Paul Freeman, Danielle Gatti, Szymon Kawalla Franz Krager, Jorge Mester and Andre Smith have presented his works.
The composer's chamber and vocal works have been presented by various artists and ensembles including The Cassatt String Quartet, American Piano Trio, Ravel String Quartet, Western Arts Trio, New Mexico Winds, Moran Wind Quintet, The Core Ensemble, Enhake, Ensemble Bash (UK), Soli Chamber Ensemble, Third Angle Ensemble, clarinetist David Campbell (UK), percussionist Steven Schick, pianist Marc Andre Hamelin, guitarist Isaac Bustos, and violinist Andrzej Grabiec. Peter Lieuwen was the featured composer at the Aberystwyth International Music Festival in Wales (1995) and Artist in Residence at the same festival in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2005.
Peter Lieuwen is currently Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence in the Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University. His compositions are published by Keiser Classical, and recorded on CRS, Crystal, Naxos, Pro Arte/Fanfare, New World, and VMM labels.
Peter Lieuwen has been the recipient of several awards and honors including
First Prize in the Musicians Accord National Competition for "Star" (1986).

STAR, for soprano (Susan Owen), cello, piano and percussion is slight, dependent on dainty sound effects, and attractive. —Andrew Porter, The New Yorker

Peter Lieuwen's 1986 prizewinner Star composed for Susan Owen, is quick to take advantage of the soprano's versatility. It is a very showy piece with brilliant fortes juxtaposed to breathy whisperings. —Santa Barbara News Press

Peter Lieuwen has created an atmospheric world of sound; a forward-looking work in harmony with our musical age. —Der Bund (Bern, Switzerland)
Most stunning, in the literal sense at least, was Lieuwen's Star for soprano, cello, percussion, and piano. Luminous high blends of vibes, piano and voice cast about ringing constellations in a spacious atmosphere. —Santa Cruz Se

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