Knehans
TRANSPARENT WAVES

icarus Quartet

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2021 Two Piano/Two Percussion Commission Consortium

Douglas Knehans, Composer
icarus Quartet, Performers

Below you'll find information—deadlines, instrumentation, pricing, inspiration and FAQs—about the 2021 icarus Quartet Consortium.

ABOUT THE CONSORTIUM

Participating commissioners will commission a twenty minute work for two pianos and two percussion called Transparent Waves.
The work will be in three movements called
1. Shrouded Wave
2. Luminous Wave
3. Coruscating Wave

The INSPIRATION behind this work, and so much of my recent work, is our wondrously beautiful natural earth. The earth and its lands, seas, oceans and sky are all under tremendous threat in our age. My work is dedicated as a reminder of what what we have and a warning of what we may lose.

The Piano Duo with Percussion Duo Quartet, with its tremendous precision and color, also offers a huge scope for brilliant textured and emotionally and dramatically evocative music. As with much of my recent music, I use this as a departure point to dwell and dive a little into the expressive parallels of our internal psycho-emotional lives. The three movements will sound—as most of my recent work does—both as a mirror of the ocean and its tremendously grand and expansive beauty and power as well as metaphors for our internalized emotional responses and internal worlds that are equally grand, expansive, complex and emotional.

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COMMISSIONING TIERS
TIER 1: Printed and Digital Scores and Skype Conversation with the Composer about the Work
Consortium fee: $690

On or before January 8, 2021, you will be mailed two full scores and printed parts for Transparent Waves
Commissioning institutions will have the exclusive right to present this piece as a local premier given by the ICARUS QUARTET throughout 2021-2022.

This tier also include one Skype discussion with the composer of 30-40 minutes, for questions about the score and compositional process. This could act as a presentation to piano and/or percussion students as well as composers. This tier also includes a fully licensed digital score & parts for reprinting or duplication as needed, and two video “in progress” updates about the work, the composition process and insights into the work.

TIER 2: Digital Scores/Parts Only
Consortium fee: $500

On or before January 8, 2021, you will receive a licensed digital score and parts for Transparent Waves.
Commissioning bodies will have the exclusive right to perform through 2022 for one year after the ICARUS QUARTET exclusivity period expires post-2021.
This tier also includes email or text support for questions about the score and two video “in progress” updates about the work, the composition process and insights into the work.

TIER 3: Printed and Digital Scores plus Skype Rehearsal and using your own ensemble
Consortium fee: $790

On or before January 8, 2021, you will be mailed two full scores and printed parts for Transparent Waves
Commissioning bodies will have the exclusive right to perform this piece through 2022 for one year after the ICARUS QUARTET exclusivity period expires post-2021.

This tier also includes one Skype rehearsal of 50-60 minutes, email or text support for questions about the score, fully licensed digital score & parts for reprinting or duplication as needed, and two video “in progress” updates about the work, the composition process and insights into the work.


JOIN THE CONSORTIUM

Register with PayPal here, or contact me for a traditional invoice payable by mailed check.

Select Tier

RIGHTS

The commissioning members of the 2021 Icarus Quartet Consortium have the exclusive rights to license a premiere of Transparent Waves until December 31, 2022 following world premiere by icarus Quartet (TBD on date before Dec. 31, 2021). Under the terms of this license the commissioner will gains exclusive access to booking a local premiere of the work with the Icarus Quartet. Beyond that date, Tier 2 and Tier 3 Consortium members have the exclusive right to program this work with an ensemble of their choice until December 31, 2022.

DATES AND DEADLINES

  • Consortium launch: November 15, 2019

  • Consortium closes: May 15, 2020

  • New piece is delivered via email or mail (see commissioning tiers, above): January 8, 2021 (or sooner)

  • Exclusive performance rights for all commissioning ensembles: through December 31, 2021

INSTRUMENTATION—ICARUS QUARTET

2 grand pianos—keyboard only, no prepared piano or playing inside the piano
2 percussionists

PERCUSSION 1
marimba, glockenspiel, 2 toms, bongos, suspended cymbal (plus splash), Chinese tom, triangle, 2 muted Thai gongs, 2 small bell plates

PERCUSSION 2
vibraphone, low octave of crotales, 3 low wood slats, and 4 piccolo woodblocks

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JOIN THE CONSORTIUM

Register with PayPal here, or contact me for a traditional invoice payable by mailed check.

Select Tier

FAQs

Find out more about the artists
Douglas Knehans, composer
icarus Quartet, performers

I can't sign up through the PayPal link. How can I join the consortium?

Universities can sometime have difficult to navigate payment systems. Please let me know if you need a traditional invoice payable by mailed check, a customized PayPal invoice, and/or other information in order to join.

Is the consortium fee refundable?
The consortium fee is non-refundable; please take that into account when you register.

My ensemble is based in Ohio. Can I schedule an in-person rehearsal instead of a Skype rehearsal?
It may be possible to schedule an in-person rehearsal instead of a Skype rehearsal, especially for ensembles in the greater Cincinnati Tri-State area. Let me know if you'd like to explore this option.

Does the Consortium fee include the icarus Quartet fee?
No, this would need to be arranged directly with ICARUS QUARTET on an individual basis.

I would like to use our own musicians for the work rather than icarus Quartet. Is this allowed?
Yes. Consortium partners may choose their own soloist through the TIER THREE participation above. This would allow the work to be premiered after the exclusivity period granted to the icarus Quartet using musicians of your own choice. If you wished to avoid the additional licensing cost of Tier Three, you could also choose to to take part via one of the other options but only program the work after the exclusivity period has expired.

JOIN THE CONSORTIUM

Register with PayPal here, or contact me for a traditional invoice payable by mailed check.

Select Tier

For enquiries about this project, please contact:
US/Canada Representation
Trudy Chan
Beth Holub
Black Tea Music
promotion@blackteamusic.com

Other Territories
Josephine McLachlan
Ablaze Records Artists Management
jmclachlan@ablazerecords.net