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Austin Ali
Timothy Dow
Amy Gravell
Maximilien Hein
Alan Mackwell
Sophie Mathieu
Paul Novak
Matthew C. Thomas
Isaac Villaroya
Dara Wenjia Li

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Paul Novak

Instrumental Music : Large Ensemble

On Bouyancy

On buoyancy was written as a programmatic depiction of the ocean. The piece begins in a swirl of color, with sounds intertwining like unaligned waves. Cascades of descending lines collide with swells in the brass and strings, and fragments of melody emerged from the texture before being swallowed up again. In the middle section of the piece, a shimmering sound world is punctuated with rumbling growls in the brass, and as the work closes, the intertwined swells and flowing runs of the opening section return. The primary melodic and harmonic material of the work is derived from Takemitsu’s “sea motif” (the notes spell out S-E-A in German), and this motif is explored and developed over the course of the piece. on buoyancy was written as part of NYO-USA Apprenticeship under Sean hepherd.

On Bouyancy

Full Score$35.00
Set of parts$50.00

Paul Novak

Paul Novak, 18, iscurrently pursuing his undergraduate studies at the Shepherd School of Music atRice University, where he studies with Anthony Brandt. His orchestral andchamber works have been performed by ensembles including the Reno PhilharmonicOrchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of USA,Worcester Chamber Music Society, and Face the Music. Novak has been selected asthe recipient of numerous national awards, most recently from the WebsterUniversity National Composition Competition, National Young Composer’sChallenge, Young Arts Foundation Competition, MATA Jr. Festival, APU/J.W.Pepper Competition, and University of Indianapolis Pre-College Competition. Hewas recently selected as one of two Composer Apprentices to the National YouthOrchestra of the USA, where he studied with Sean Shepherd, and has alsoparticipated in summer programs at Boston University Tanglewood Institute(where he was selected as the Honors Recipient), Oberlin Conservatory, andBoston Conservatory. He strives to write music that is lyrical but fragmented,engaging in a deep exploration of the subtleties of instrumental color whileinvestigating spectral harmony. Also an accomplished flutist and advocate forcontemporary music, Novak was the founder and director of the Reno-basedArtemisia Chamber Ensemble, a collective of the area’s top high school playersthat specializes in contemporary music.

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