Friends of Today’s Music

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David Amram

Friends of Today’s Music commissions new works specifically for young musicians. Established in 1986 by Dr. Bob Bennett, the project has supported the creation and publication of new works by leading composers of our time. Each commissioned work is premiered by young musicians during the MTAC convention while the audience follows along with the published score. This program provides students the unique opportunity to collaborate with the composer of the piece, and demonstrates the importance of playing music not only from the past but also music being created by today’s composers.[/box]

Friends of Today’s Music Commissioned Composer
Michael Daugherty
Join us at the MTAC Convention July 3, 2016 at 1p.m.
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
This event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact FTM chair: Dr. Minji Noh

Michael Daugherty

Grammy Award Winning composer Michael Daugherty’s music has entered the orchestral, band and chamber music repertoire and, according to the League of American Orchestras, made him one of the ten most performed American concert music composers today. He has been hailed by The Times (London) as “a master icon maker” with a “maverick imagination, fearless structural sense and meticulous ear.” Daugherty first came to international attention when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Zinman, performed his Metropolis Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1994.

Born 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Daugherty is the son of a dance-band drummer and the oldest of five brothers, all professional musicians. Daugherty joined the Composition Department at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan where, since 1991, he has been a mentor to many of today’s most talented young composers.

Recent performances of Daugherty’s orchestra music include, among others, the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Cologne Radio Orchestra and Orchestra Nationale de France.

In 2011, the Nashville Symphony’s Naxos recording of Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony and Deus ex Machina was honored with three GRAMMY® Awards, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition.  Michael Daugherty’s music is published by Peermusic Classical, Boosey and Hawkes and Michael Daugherty Music. For more information on Michael Daugherty see his publishers websites and


The Old Man and the Sea for violin, cello and piano   Michael Daugherty (b.1954)
In Hemingway’s Nobel Prize-winning novella, The Old Man and the Sea (1952), Santiago is a poor, old fisherman considered whose luck changes when he takes his small boat deep into the Gulf Stream.  After an epic struggle, he catches a gigantic marlin, the largest fish of his career. As he makes the long journey home, sharks relentlessly attack his boat and devour the marlin. As a musical response, I have composed an elegy to the struggle of life and death between man and nature. The cello represents the old fisherman’s journey as he searches for the truths of man’s existence with dignity and grace.

Friends-of-Todays-Music1Friends of Today’s Music Commissioned Works are made possible through the generous support of the Aaron Copland Fund, the Beyster Family Fund at the San Diego Foundation, and individual donations. Anonymous, individual, and MTAC member contributions are accepted throughout the year. To donate, please contact the Amie Vang, Finance Administrator, (415) 978-9668, toll free (800) 834-3340 ext. 109






Joan Tower

Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman

For Solo Piano

AMP/G. Schirmer Rental Library


Derek Bermel

Four Homages for Piano

For Piano

Peermusic Classical


Katrina Wreede


For Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano

Vlazville Publishing


David Amram

Cancion de Verano
For Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano

C.F. Peters Corporation


Robert Aldridge

Three Waltzes
For Piano

C.F. Peters Corporation


David Rakowski

For Piano Four Hands

C.F. Peters Corporation


Chen Yi

From Old Peking Folklore
For Violin and Piano

Theodore Presser


Paul Chihara

Trio for Flute (Violin), Cello and Piano

C.F. Peters Corporation


Gabriela Lena Frank

Danza de los Saqsampillos
For Two Pianos

G. Schirmer


William Bolcom

*Nine New Bagatelles
For Piano

E. B. Marks Music, Hal Leonard


Libby Larsen

For Piano

Oxford University Press


Steven Stucky

*Meditation and Dance
For Clarinet and Piano

Theodore Presser


Judith Lang Zaimont

In My Lunchbox
For Piano (intermediate)

Vivace Press


Melissa Hui

*and blue sparks burn
For Violin and Piano

Available through MTAC


Robert Maggio

Dreams from Childhood
Piano Duet (intermediate)

Theodore Presser


Bruce Adolphe

Well, It’s Not exactly Beethoven
For Piano

PollyRhythm Productions


Martin Rokeach

*can’t wait
Violin ( flute) Clarinet & Piano

Roncorp Publications


Vivian Fung

Violin, Cello & Piano

Available through MTAC


Samuel Adler

*Concerto No. 2
For Piano & Orchestra

Theodore Presser


Samuel Zyman

Two Motions in One Movement
For Piano

Theodore Presser


Seymour Bernstein

Fantasy on a Theme by Francisco
For Piano

G. Schirmer


Stephen Hartke

The Piano Dreams of Empire
For Piano

MMB Music, Inc.


Donald Waxman

Arabesques and Ostinato
For Two Pianos

Galaxy Music Corp. (ECS)


Emma Lou Diemer

Three Piano Pieces

Plymouth Music/Elkin Music


Gunther Schuller

Music For Young People
Flute and Piano Trio



David Ott

*Sinfonia for Cello and Piano

Park Music Press


Samuel Adler

*The Road to Terpsichore
For Piano

G. Schirmer


William Albright

*The Machine Age
For Piano

C.F. Peters Corporation


Leslie Bassett

For Piano

C.F. Peters Corporation


Richard Felciano

Five Short Piano Pieces

Available through MTAC

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For more information, contact:
Friends of Today’s Music and Contemporary Music Seminar State Chair, Dr. Minji Noh