Knehans

LUMINOUS SEA
Viola Concerto

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2021 Viola Concerto Commission Consortium

Douglas Knehans, Composer
Michael Hall, Viola Solo

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

ABOUT THE CONSORTIUM

Participating orchestras will commission a twenty minute Viola Concerto called Luminous Sea. The work will be in three movements called
1. Mists
2. Abyss
3. Sirens

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 Viola, with its dark, impassioned and soulful voice, will stand in sympathy with and contrast to the orchestra as the solo line speaks at once for the sea and for us. The three movements will sound—as most of my recent work does—both as a mirror of the natural world and its tremendously grand and expansive beauty 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 Rehearsal
Consortium fee: $690

On or before January 8, 2021, you will be mailed two full scores and printed parts for Luminous Sea
Commissioning ensembles will have the exclusive right to perform this piece throughout 2021.

This tier also include one Skype rehearsal of 30-60 minutes, email or text support for questions about the score, fully licensed digital orchestral 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: $390

On or before January 8, 2021, you will receive a licensed digital score and parts for Luminous Sea.
Commissioning ensembles will have the exclusive right to perform this piece throughout 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 soloist
Consortium fee: $790

On or before January 8, 2021, you will be mailed two full scores and printed parts for Luminous Sea
Commissioning ensembles will have the non-exclusive right to perform this piece after January 1, 2022 using a soloist of their choice.

This tier also includes one Skype rehearsal of 30-60 minutes, email or text support for questions about the score, fully licensed digital orchestral 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 a Tier

RIGHTS

The commissioning members of the 2021 Viola Concerto Consortium have the exclusive rights to perform Luminous Sea until December 31, 2021. Beyond that date, conductors have the non-exclusive right to program these works with the commissioning ensembles in perpetuity.

DATES AND DEADLINES

  • Consortium launch: November 15, 2019

  • Consortium closes: September 4, 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

2 Flutes (2nd doubling Piccolo)
2 Oboes (2nd doubling English Horn)
2 Clarinets (2nd doubling Bass Clarinet)
2 Bassoons

4 Horns in F
2 Trumpets in C
2 Tenor Trombones
Bass Trombone
Tuba

Timpani plus 3 percussion parts

SOLO VIOLA

Strings (Min 12,10, 8, 6, 5)

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JOIN THE CONSORTIUM

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

Select a Tier

FAQs

Learn more about the artists
Douglas Knehans, composer
Michael Hall, viola

Can I perform the work in 2022 instead?

You can perform the piece whenever you'd like. Commissioning ensembles have no obligation to perform the piece in 2021.

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 soloist fee?
No, this would need to be arrange with Michael Hall on an individual basis.

I would like to use my own soloist for the work rather than Michael Hall. 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 using a soloist 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 a 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