BabelScores

Michael Edward Edgerton

Currently Associate Professor at the Guangxi Arts University, Michael is a composer whose work elides the boundaries of complexity with practical applications of physical and perceptual models. Since the mid-90’s he has been pioneering work with Multidimensionality and Nonlinear Phenomenon applied to sound production and composition.

Michael’s compositions have received prizes and/or recognition from: 2016 5th China-Asean Composition Competition (1st Excellent Award, Thrush, #91, 2015); Kompositionspreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, 2007 (First Prize, Tempo Mental Rap, #72, 2005); Composition Contest of the Netherlands Radio Choir, 2007 (Semifinalist, Kalevi Matus, #58, 2000); 5th Dutilleux International Composition Compétition, 2003 (Sélection, 1 sonata, #70, 2004); 31st Festival Synthese Bourges, 2001 (Sélection, The Elements of Risk in Creation, #59, 2001); MacDowell Club, 1996 (First prize, Unspoken Crime #09, 1988); Friends and Enemies of New Music, 1993 (Selection,Net/Byrinth:Rec.Study I, #15, 1991); Midwest Composers Symposium, 1989 (Selection, A Penny for the Young Guy #3, 1986); National Federation of Music Clubs, 1987 (Third Prize, Ai #5, 1987); National Federation of Music Clubs, 1987 (Honorable Mention, Dwellers of the Southwest, #2, 1986); Michigan State Univ-Orchestral Composition Contest, 1986 (First prize, The Final Diary of a Branch, #1, 1985).

Michael has also been recognized in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World 2015 & 2016.

Michael has received numerous other awards (grants, commissions, Fellowships, selections and invitations) for his music and research; including a joint commission by Proxima Centauri and Musicacoustica Festival 2016 Beijing for new work for percussion and electronics to be premiered during the Musicacoustica Festival in 2016 in Beijing. Other recent recognition include: acceptance to 2016 Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium; 2nd party support (to attend, perform and present during “The Art of Voice Synthesis” conference & expert meeting) from the University of Amsterdam, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Orgelpark, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & STEIM; 2nd party support (for a week-long residency to train a choir and give concerts) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; commission for new work from the Guangxi University of the Arts to be premiered during the 2016 China-ASEAN Music Week in Nanning; commission for new work from the Guangxi Symphony Orchestra; grant to attend and participate in the 2015 International Gugak Workshop in Seoul; two commissions for new work from the Guangxi Arts University that were premiered during the 2015 China-ASEAN Music Week.

His music has been performed by 441 Hz Chamber Choir, AuditivVokal Dresden, China-Asean Youth Orchestra, Ekmeles Ensemble, Ensemble Ars Nova, ensemble: Either/Or, Guangxi Symphony Orchestra, Kairos String Quartet, Loadbang, New Music Coop’s Combo Ensemble (Turkey), Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, Quartet New Generation, Works-in-Progress Ensemble and soloists Almut Kühne, Andreas Fröhling, Angela Rademacher-Wingerath, Chatschatur Kanajan, Gary Verkade, Jan Heinke, Jeffrey Burns, Joshua Hyde, Mats Möller, Matt Hinchliffe, Matthias Bauer, Mattias Johansson, Moritz Ernst, Philippe Arnaudet, Rebekka Uhlig, Simon Strasser, Stefan Östersjö, Timo Kinnunen, among others.

His work has been recorded on Modern Choral Masterpieces (441 Hz Chamber Choir, Dux Records, 2015); raven, le corbeau (Escargot ma non troppo: Paris, 2012); Alles – Auβer – gewöhnlich (Auditivvokal Dresden, MusikForum Dresden 2012); ELECTRONIC VOICES (Galerie SPHN, Berlin, 2001); and has been documented in a film by Lena Giovanazzi titled, Stimmig – 10 Vokalexkursionen (Mainz: University of Applied Sciences Mainz, 2012).

Michael’s work has been discussed in the following publications: Modern Accordion Perspectives #2 “Critical selection of accordion works composed between 1990 and 2010” Ed. Jacomucci (2014, Edizioni Tecnostampa, Loreto); The Techniques of Guitar Playing, by Josel and Tsao (2014, Bärenreiter); Network Science by Barabasi (2013); Pocci Catalog: the Guide to the Guitarist’s Modern and Contemporary Repertoire. Catalog of the repertoire since 1900 for guitar solo, guitar in chamber music and guitar with orchestra, by Pocci (2013, VP Music Media); Stimmig – 10 Vokalexkursionen by Giovanazzi (2012, University of Applied Sciences Mainz); When Words Are Not Enough: Tracing the Development of Extended Vocal Techniques in Twentieth-Century America, by Crump (2008, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro); New Complete Method for Clarinet: Clarinet Repertoire by Campagnolo,. (2008, Edizione C.D.B, Italy); The Encyclopedia of the World of Another Music (Svìt jiné hudby 2), by Slaby + Slaby (2007, Volvox Globator Publishing House); Weber-Lucks, Theda (2003). KörperStimmen. Eine Untersuchung zur Ästhetik Vokaler Performance Kunst mit einer gendervergleichenden Perspektive, by Weber-Lucks (2003, Technische Universität Berlin); Manuales Auditivo-Vocales; vol. 5 La Voz y el Canto & vol. 9 Manual de Psicoacústica by LaFarga (2003, Cullera); Information Arts, Intersections of Art, Science, Technology, by Wilson (2002, The MIT Press), and; On the construction of the passing of time in music, by Chandra  (1989, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Michael is engaged with research into voice, acoustics and perception. This work has been supported by numerous grants, including a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the National Center for Voice and Speech. The results have been published in diverse scholarly journals, as well as book chapters in Perspectives on Teaching Singing: a celebration of Vocal Pedagogy in the 21 Century (ed. Scott Harrison and Jessica O’Bryan; Springer Publishing), and The Oxford Handbook of Singing (ed. John Nix; Oxford University Press). Edgerton has two books available: The 21st Century Voice (New Instrumentation Series, Rowman & Littlefield, 2nd ed. 2015) and Music within the Continuum (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2015).

Michael’s compositions are published by BabelScores, C. Allen Publications, Componistenwerk, Conners Publications/C.P. Press Publications; Forum Zeitgenössischer Musik Leipzig, PRB Production, T.U.B.A Press and Uetz Verlag.

Featured Pieces

for flute (+ alto), alto sax (+ tenor), percussion, guitar, voice

14 E
Instrumentation
for piano
Michael Edward Edgerton
Thrush
Instrumentation
for solo voice
Michael Edward Edgerton
The old folks at home
Instrumentation
for clarinet, trumpet, percussion, piano, viola and contrabass
Michael Edward Edgerton
The Lanke Mountain
Instrumentation
for 4 voices
Michael Edward Edgerton
Lingua Palatal 2
Instrumentation
for percussion and electronics
Michael Edward Edgerton
Hawking Radiation
Instrumentation
for bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone and voice
Michael Edward Edgerton
The Return of Takhi, the last Feral Horse
Instrumentation
violin 1 & 2, viola, violoncello
Michael Edward Edgerton
String Quartet #1
Instrumentation
for SATB Chorus
Michael Edward Edgerton
Kalevi Matus
Instrumentation
for alto flute
Michael Edward Edgerton
2. Sonata
Instrumentation
(aka. The Garden of Risk)
Michael Edward Edgerton
Un jardin épineux
Instrumentation
for solo oboe
Michael Edward Edgerton
Tractatus I
Instrumentation
for solo violin
Michael Edward Edgerton
Mamre
Instrumentation
for clarinet and horn in F
Michael Edward Edgerton
A Holy Person Falls into the Nile as a Pelican
Instrumentation
for saxophone quartet
Michael Edward Edgerton
Regret of a Noiseless Sundering
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for piano
Michael Edward Edgerton
1. sonata
Instrumentation
for flute (+ alto), alto sax (+ tenor), percussion, guitar, voice
Michael Edward Edgerton
A Marriage of Shadows
Instrumentation
for soprano saxophone
Michael Edward Edgerton
Ari(rang)
Instrumentation
(Yellow Room)
Michael Edward Edgerton
Keltainen huone
Instrumentation
the "Crest-Jewel of Music" , for seven strings (violin & viola)
Michael Edward Edgerton
Sangītaśiromani
Instrumentation
for solo voice
Michael Edward Edgerton
Anaphora
Instrumentation
for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon
Michael Edward Edgerton
Le Critérion
Instrumentation
for piano duo
Michael Edward Edgerton
XHAIN
Instrumentation
for English horn, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, viola
Michael Edward Edgerton
Illusions
Instrumentation
for two voices
Michael Edward Edgerton
Friedrich’s Comma
Instrumentation
for tracker organ
Michael Edward Edgerton
Apposte Messe
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