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"virtuosos in their own right, and together produce chamber music proper...close observance of each other's actions...a very tight performance." –Fanfare, May/June 2000

Since its beginning in 1985, Cygnus has created a large body of chamber music by both established and emerging composers, including commissioned work by Charles Wuorinen, Scott Johnson, Jonathan Dawe, Anthony Braxton, Milton Babbitt, Sebastian Currier, George Walker, Harold Meltzer, Chester Biscardi, David Claman, Richard Festinger, Laura Schwendinger, Matthew Greenbaum, David Lang, and Akemi Naito

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Feb 27, 2018 1:30 am

Cygnus Performs & Records Beckett music

In 2012, Cygnus gave a two-week run of shows at the Classic Stage Company in Manhattan. Joy Zinoman directed 3 Beckett plays, and Cygnus performed music in response to the plays. At Sarah Lawrence on February 27, and at the University of Wisconsin on March 23, Cygnus will revisit the Beckett music, with two days to record following the concert in Madison.
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Cygnus @ Sarah Lawrence
Tuesday, February 27, 1:30PM
Reisinger Hall

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Program
Chester Biscardi: Footfalls (after the Becket play)
Laura Schwendinger: Footfalls
John Yannelli: The Misalignment of Time
William Anderson: J'Entends le moulin
--featuring the Bowers-Fader Duo

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Sounding Beckett--Washington Post Review

Sounding Beckett: NY Times Review

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The 2012 production of Sounding Beckett followed three of Beckett's ghost plays with original works, for tutti Cygnus, that respond to the plays, on alternating evenings, as follows:

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Footfalls---Chester Biscardi; Laura Schwendinger
Ohio Impromptu---Scott Johnson, John Halle
Catastrophe---David Glaser, Laura Kaminsky

Cygnus Ensemble

"World Class Performers"

William Anderson
Guitar
Susannah Chapman
Cello
Oren Fader
Guitar
James Austin Smith
Oboe
Tara Helen O'Connor
Flute
Calvin Wiersma
Violin
Joan Forsyth
Piano
Elizabeth Farnum
Soprano

Latest Discography

Le Cirque - Anderson/Fader Duo

2011, Furious Artisans (FACD6811)

Le Cirque - Anderson/Fader Duo

2011, Furious Artisans (FACD6811)

This CD was recorded over a period of many years, as new masterpieces for guitar duo joined the Anderson/Fader repertoire. There is a great range of musical attitudes.

Le Cirque - Sydney Corbet
Warmth - David Lang
Entertwined - Robert Pollock
Bowery Haunt - Scott Johnson
Fantasy on 12 Strings - Martin Rokeach
Resisting Stillness - Chester Biscardi
Dodecadactyl - Charles Wuorinen
My Morphine - William Anderson/Gillian Welch


Harold Meltzer's Brion

2010, NAXOS

Harold Meltzer's Brion

2010, NAXOS

Cygnus commissioned Meltzer's Brion through a generous grant from teh Barlow Foundation. It was a Pulitzer Finalist in 2011. It was also a featured work at a Cygnus residency at the Library of Congress in 2012.


Ab nou cor Music of Frank Brickle

2010, Furious Artisans (FACD6809)

Ab nou cor Music of Frank Brickle

2010, Furious Artisans (FACD6809)

Frank Brickle is quiet guru in the nascent field of post-maximalism. He was received all of his degrees from Princetonian, studying with JK Randall, Ben Boretz and Milton Babbitt. Starting from that high modernist background, he slowly plowed his way to the post-maximalist stance we see here.

Farai un vers, Merlin I, Ab nou cor, and The Creation are the masterpieces here.

In addition to his striking original compositions, this disc includes two transcriptions for Cygnus, each is advances one of the themes that weave through Cygnus programming over the years: Decadence and the Pre-Raphaelitism.


gone for foreign

2005, Bridge Records

gone for foreign

2005, Bridge Records

William Anderson's A Giddy Thing
MIlton Babbitt's Swan Song #1
Akemi Naito's Four Poetic Images
David Claman's gone for foreign
Rolv Yttrehus's Plectrum Spectrum