Huck Hodge

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Huck Hodge writes music that explores the embodied poetics of organized sound, perceptual illusion and the threshold between design and intuition. Uniquely northwestern American light patterns act as an inspiration in much of his music - the way that a piercing slant of light, breaking through a dreary cloudscape, casts an intense, otherworldly chiaroscuro on the landscape - the ethereal yellowness of the light in bas-relief against the yawning darkness of the sky. These stark contrasts in light and dark find their way into his striking combination of pure and dissonant harmonies, widely spaced orchestrations and vast, diffuse timbres. A composer of "harmonically fresh work", "full of both sparkle and thunder" (New York Times), his music has been praised for its "immediate impact" (Chicago Tribune), its "clever, attractive, streamlined" qualities (NRC Handelsblad, Amsterdam) and its ability to "conjure up worlds of musical magic" with "power and charisma" (Gramophone Magazine, London). His music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and at numerous major festivals throughout the world - the New York Philharmonic Biennial, Berliner Festspiele, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Shanghai New Music Week, ISCM World Music Days and many others. His musical collaborations include those with members of Ensemble Modern and the Berlin Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the Orchestra of the League of Composers, the Aleph, ASKO/Schónberg, Dal Niente, Divertimento, SurPlus and Talea ensembles, the Daedalus, JACK, Mivos, and Pacifica string quartets, and numerous other ensembles.  Recordings of his music appear on the New World and Albany record labels. Hodge was educated at Columbia University and at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart, Germany where he studied with noted "spectralist" composers Tristan Murail and Marco Stroppa. In 2018 he was awarded the Charles Ives Living, the largest and most prestigious music award conferred by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Other major awards include the Rome Prize, the Gaudeamus Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the American Composers Forum, the Barlow Endowment, Music at the Anthology, the Siemens Musikstiftung and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, among many others. Hodge is Associate Professor and Chair of the Composition program at the University of Washington.
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Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Fracture for percussion and piano (2019)
The Topography of Desire for string quartet (2016)

Solo Instrument


Innigkeit (nach außen) for clarinet solo (2018)
Phantasie for solo amplified cello (2016)
Transfigured Etudes for piano solo (2009)

Concerto


At dawn I chant my own weird hymn for solo offstage trumpet, symphonic winds, 2 harps, 2 pianos, 4 percussion and 3 contrabasses (2017)
La Llorona Image VI from the Aztec book of omens, for solo flute/bass flute and ensemble (2013)

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Real Time Electronics


Out of a Dark Sea for ensemble and electronics (2016)

Ensemble (10 - 19 instruments)


Parallaxes for ensemble (2016)
Aletheia for ensemble (2011)

String Quartet


The Topography of Desire for string quartet (2016)

Orchestral Music


Pulse - cut - seethe - blur for chamber orchestra (2015)

Mixed Ensemble


Apophenia for ensemble (2014)

Instrument and Electronics


Out of a Dark Sea for ensemble and electronics (2016)
Re[(f)use] for live processed melodica, amplified string quartet and electronics (2012)

Voices and Instruments


Early Lyrics for soprano, ensemble, and electronics (2004)
Aletheia for ensemble (2011)
Apophenia for ensemble (2014)
At dawn I chant my own weird hymn for solo offstage trumpet, symphonic winds, 2 harps, 2 pianos, 4 percussion and 3 contrabasses (2017)
Early Lyrics for soprano, ensemble, and electronics (2004)
Fracture for percussion and piano (2019)
Innigkeit (nach außen) for clarinet solo (2018)
La Llorona Image VI from the Aztec book of omens, for solo flute/bass flute and ensemble (2013)
Out of a Dark Sea for ensemble and electronics (2016)
Parallaxes for ensemble (2016)
Phantasie for solo amplified cello (2016)
Pulse - cut - seethe - blur for chamber orchestra (2015)
Re[(f)use] for live processed melodica, amplified string quartet and electronics (2012)
The Topography of Desire for string quartet (2016)
Transfigured Etudes for piano solo (2009)