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Deviant Septet Summer Composition Intensive

A summer composition institute where twelve young composers will work closely with the members of Deviant Septet and guest faculty.


Deviant Septet’s mission is to fulfill the vision Igor Stravinsky had for his Soldier’s Tale ensemble. Stravinsky, enamored by the unusual combination of instruments —  violin and bass, clarinet and bassoon, trumpet and trombone, and percussion — thought that others would follow his lead, and that this unique blend of the soprano and bass voice of every instrument family would perform the music of many composers. While Stravinsky’s contemporaries were seemingly not up to the task, Deviant’s central mission is to bring his vision to life by creating a repertoire for this distinctive ensemble. Contemporary composers jump at the chance to solve Stravinsky’s riddles.  Deviant Septet is unique among the world’s new music collectives, as it is the only ensemble consisting solely of this instrumentation. Deviant Septet remains committed to encouraging young composers, engaging with students over the course of residencies at schools like Duke University, University of Missouri, the Eastman School of Music, University of Idaho, and Rice University.

In June 2019, Deviant Septet embarks upon a new education initiative, the Deviant Septet Summer Composition Intensive, hosted at New York University. During the one-week composition symposium, twelve young composers will receive coaching on their works from Deviant Septet in an open master class setting, attend panel discussions and open rehearsals, receive lessons with guest faculty, refine their works, and receive a world premiere and recording of their work at the culmination of the week. Student composers will work closely with Deviant Septet, in an environment that fosters creativity, experimentation, and growth. The Summer Composition Intensive also poses the unique challenge of refining their work based on performer feedback and private instruction, under the tight deadline of an impending premiere.

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Andrew Norman- “Out”
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Part of the Deviant Septet and Carnegie Hall co-commission, “Histories” by the composer collaborative Sleeping Giant, “Out” is one of Andrew Norman’s four movements in the evening-length work. This recording, from the world premiere at Issue Project Room in New York City, brings the musicians from their stations throughout the concert hall back onto the stage for the finale of the work. Weaving together fragments of Norman’s three previous movements, as well as fragments of Stravinsky’s iconic “Soldier’s Tale.

David Liptak- “Focusing”
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“Focusing” by David Liptak won the 2013 Serge Koussevitzky Award from the Library of Congress. The fourth movement, “In Pursuit,” features furtive percussive-like entrances, mixed with driving rhythmic motives which spin, swirl, and mingle together into a wild sound collage. “Focusing” is based on the painting style of Gerhard Richter and his “smeared” techniques. This performance was recorded live at Kilbourn Hall, Rochester, NY, in April 2016.

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Deviant Septet has been hailed as “exciting” (New York Times), a “stylish new ensemble” (New York Magazine), “superb” (Washington Post), “exceedingly fun”, “led by new music veterans” (Time Out New York), “lively and accomplished” (Classical TV: The Drift), and “boisterously entertaining” (Lucid Culture).  WNYC called it “a brand new ensemble with a high concept… made…


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