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Molly Joyce

Pittsburgh, PA            

Molly Joyce’s music has been described as “serene power” (New York Times), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “impassioned” (The Washington Post). Her work has presented at TEDxMidAtlantic, Bang on a Can Marathon, and in Pitchfork. She often performs with her toy organ, an instrument that engages with her disabled left hand, and studied at The Juilliard, Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and Yale School of Music.

Lean Back and Release

Commissioned by violinist Adrianna Mateo, Lean Back and Release was written in the winter of 2013 in New York City, and recently performed on the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon. Upon starting the work, I knew that I wanted to create a very gradual descent for the violin in range that drives the whole piece. Therefore, I also wrote two accompanying violin tracks in order to propel this descent. Lean Back and Release is dedicated to Adrianna Mateo, whom I am deeply grateful to have as a collaborator in my life.

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YousaidShesaidHesaid – One

Created in collaboration with playwright Christopher Oscar Peña, director Austin Regan, and pianist Patrick Jones, YousaidShesaidHesaid juxtaposes modern perspectives with Schubert’s masterpiece song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin. Written to be performed in rep with the classic work, YousaidShesaidHesaid traces the same timeline as Schubert’s work, but from the experience of the other character in the story, who until now has historically had no voice – the “girl of the mill” herself. Composed for a single female voice and the same period instrumen

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