Nancy van de Vate
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Instrument: piano, viola

Photographer: Karin Miraberg ©

van de Vate Nancy

Compositions

# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category Sheet Music Shop
1 Six Duos for Viola and Violoncello 2014 9m 30s
2 Six Duos - for Violin and Viola 2014 9m 30s
3 Suite for alto saxophone 2010
4 Hamlet - Oper in fünf Akten nach Shakespeare 2009 2h 30m
5 Two for Two 2009 4m 15s
6 A Quiet Piece - for Alto Saxophone 2009
7 Six Etudes - for Solo Violoncello 2009
8 A Long Road Travelled - Suite for Viola and String Quartet 2007
9 Trio for Viola, Horn and Piano 2007 12m 30s
10 Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano 2006 ~ 17m
11 Two Bagatelles for Four Trumpets 2006 ~ 6m
12 Two Bagatelles for Four Horns 2006 ~ 6m
13 2 Bagatelles - for 4 Horns 2006 3m
14 Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano 2006 12m 30s
15 String Quartet No. 2a 2005 ~ 17m
16 Brass Quintet No. 2 - Variations on "The Streets of Laredo" 2005 ~ 17m
17 Trio for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano 2005 ~ 13m
18 Twelve Pieces for Piano on One to Twelve Notes - Vol. III 2005 ~ 16m
19 Where the Cross Is Made - Oper in einem Akt 2004 ~ 1h
20 Lament for Bali 2003
21 Prelude for Organ - Elegy for Departed Friends 2002
22 Prelude for Organ 2002
23 Suite für Marimba 2001 ~ 10m
24 A Quiet Piece - for english horn 2001 ~ 4m
25 Listening to the Night 2001 ~ 8m
26 Twelve Pieces for Piano on One to Twelve Notes - Vol. II 2001 ~ 19m
27 Music in Five, Three and Seven - for Saxophone Quartet 2001
28 Suite für Streichorchester nach Mechthild von Magdeburg 2000 ~ 8m
29 All Quiet on the Western Front - version in german 2000 ~ 1h 40m
30 Venal Vera: Ode to a Gezira Lovely 2000 ~ 10m
31 All Quiet On The Western Front - version in english 1999 ~ 1h 40m
32 Western Front 1997 14m
33 A Peacock southeast Flew - Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra 1997 ~ 22m
34 Choral Suite from "Nemo" 1997 ~ 24m
35 Night Journey 1996 9m
36 Concertino for Harp and Orchestra 1996 ~ 16m
37 Suite from "Nemo" 1996 18m
38 Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra 1996 16m
39 Sextet for Harp and Strings 1996 ~ 16m
40 Divertimento for Harp and String Quintet 1996 ~ 16m
41 Nemo: Jenseits von Vulkania - Oper in vier Akten 1995 2h 30m
42 Fantasy Pieces for Piano 1995 11m
43 Der Herrscher und das Mädchen - Kinderoper in einem Akt 1995 30m
44 Nemo: Beyond Vulkania 1995 ~ 2h
45 Concerto for Harp and String Orchestra 1995
46 Adagio and Rondo for Violin and String Orchestra 1994 9m 42s
47 An American Essay 1994 30m
48 In the Shadow of the Glen - Oper in einem Akt 1994 ~ 48m
49 Voices of Women 1993 20m
50 Four Fantasy Pieces for Flute and Piano 1993 8m
51 Viola Concerto 1990 16m
52 Katyn 1989 15m
53 Seven Fantasy Pieces for Violin and Piano 1989 16m
54 Im Westen nichts Neues - Oper in vier Akten 1989 ~ 2h 20m
55 Krakow Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra 1988 25m
56 Teufelstanz 1988 14m
57 Chernobyl 1987 13m
58 Pura Besakih - Besakih Temple, Bali 1987 16m
59 Concerto No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra 1986 25m 30s
60 Cocaine Lil - Theatermusik 1986 15m
61 Songs for the Four Parts of the Night 1986 8m
62 Twelve Pieces for Piano on One to Twelve Notes - Vol. I 1986 18m
63 Distant Worlds 1985 15m 52s
64 Music for MW2 1985 13m
65 Journeys 1984 17m
66 Journeys - Kurzfassung 1984
67 Gema Jawa (Echoes of Java) 1984 8m 34s
68 Contrasts 1984 8m
69 A Night in the Royal Ontario Museum - Theatermusik 1983 12m
70 Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano 1983 13m
71 2. Sonata for Piano 1983 13m
72 Fantasy for Harpsichord 1982 6m
73 Sonata for Harpsichord 1982 13m
74 Dark Nebulae 1981 11m 10s
75 Trio for Bassoon, Percussion and Piano 1980 14m
76 Cantata for Women's Voices 1979 20m
77 Concertpiece for Cello and Small Orchestra 1978 9m
78 Sonata for Piano 1978 14m
79 Nine Preludes for Piano 1978 14m
80 Music for Student String Quartet 1977 ~ 10m
81 Music for Viola, Percussion and Piano 1976 16m
82 Letter to a Friend's Loneliness 1976 10m
83 Concertpiece for Cello and Piano 1976 ~ 8m
84 Incidental Piece for Three Saxes 1976 ~ 9m
85 Suite for Solo Violin 1975 8m
86 Quintet 1975 1975 13m
87 Suite for Solo Viola 1975 ~ 8m
88 Trio for Strings 1974 14m
89 Brass Quintet No. 1 1974 12m
90 Three Sound Pieces for Brass and Percussion 1973 10m 15s
91 Sarabande for Flute and Piano 1973 ~ 4m
92 An American Essay 1972 30m
93 To the East and to the West 1972 3m
94 Invention Nr. 1 1972 2m
95 Wind Chimes 1972 3m
96 Satellite Music 1972 6m
97 Make A Joyful Noise 1972
98 The Pond 1970 4m 30s
99 Four Somber Songs - for mezzo soprano and orchestra 1970 13m
100 Sonata for Solo Clarinet and Piano 1970 ~ 13m
101 Elegy for Clarinet and Piano 1970 5m
102 Four Somber Songs - for mezzo soprano and Piano 1970 13m
103 Six Etudes for Solo Violin 1969 9m
104 String Quartet No. 1 1969 13m 45s
105 Sonata for Oboe and Piano 1969 13m
106 Six Etudes for Solo Viola 1969 9m
107 Elegy for Oboe and Piano 1969 ~ 6m
108 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 1968 21m 41s
109 Sonata for Viola and Piano 1964 13m
110 Woodwind Quartet 1964 8m
111 Diversion for Brass 1964 4m
112 The Earth is so Lovely 1962 3m
113 Cradlesong 1962 3m
114 Lo-yang 1962 2m
115 The Death of the Hired Man - Oper 1961 20m
116 Lento for Piano 1961 ~ 7m
117 Variations - for clarinet and piano 1961 10m 30s
118 Short Suite for Brass Quartet 1960 6m
119 Two Songs 1960 2m
120 Youthful Age 1960 2m
121 How Fares the Night? 1959 4m
122 Variations for Chamber Orchestra 1958 9m
123 Psalm 121 1958 4m
124 Adagio for Orchestra 1957 6m
125 The Peacock Southeast Flew

General Information

Date of Birth:  30. December 1930
Place of Birth:  Plainfield
Country of Birth: 

 

Has been living in Vienna since 1985, Austrian citizen.

 

Her music is well-known worldwide; her compositions are the subject of several books and articles (since 1990). 65 of her compositions are available on CD.

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1948 - 1950

Rochester: Eastman School of Music, major in piano

1952

Wellesley College (USA): Bachelor of Arts in Music and French

1958

Universität von Mississippi (USA): master of music in composition

1968

doctorate in composition

1972

Dartmouth College (USA): further studies

1972

University of New Hampshire (USA): further studies in electronic music

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1975

International League of Women Composers: founder

1985

guest lectures in Jakarta (Indonesia)

1990

founder of the non-profit CD-label and since then artistic director

1991 - 1996

juror for promotional awards and work scholarships

1997

guest lectures in China

2002

guest lectures in South Africa

2005

speaker at the World Council Meeting

Memphis State University (USA): university professor

The Inamori Foundation (Japan): several times nominator for the Kyoto Prize in Music

violist in several symphony orchestras

freelance composer

member of various musical juries in Poland, Austria, USA and Japan

pianist in solo and chamber music concerts

regular guest speaker and lecturer in Austria, Germany, Poland and the USA

publishing of several articles in "Musical America", "The International Musician", "The Instrumentalist" and other magazines in the USA, Europe and Japan

taught at eleven universities and colleges in the USA

composed numerous soli and chamber music works

Hawaii Loa College (USA): university professor and faculty dean

teaches now at the Institute for European Studies

Performances (Selection)

PeriodPerformanceCompositionOrganisationLocation
1984

Posen Spring Festival

1990

Wratislavia cantans

1991
1991

Japan Society for Contemporary Music

1992
1992

Ultima Oslo

1995
1999

Portland Symphony Orchestra

2002

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Chautauqua

2003

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Olomouc (Czech Republic)

2003

10 performances under the direction of H. Bäumer

2003

New York City Opera (Showcasing American Composers)

2008

Eighth Festival of Woman Composers, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

2008

Eastman School of Music, University of Toronto: Almost a Third Viennese School

2008

Haus der Komponisten

2008

New Music North, Lakehead University (Kanada)

2012

New Music Festival

performances in the USA: Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, etc.

Paris, Mexico City, Jakarta, Krakow, Wroclaw, Koszalin, and many more

26 orchestral works have been performed in Vienna, Hamburg, Bulgaria, the USA and elsewhere

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)
1989

John Uihlein: commission for an opera in German

2001

Styrian Saxophone Quartet: together with the Society for Literature St. Pölten commission for the St. Pölten Festival

2001

commission by the percussionist

2002

Wellesley-College

2003

Ananda Sukarlan: commission by the pianist

2004

Kevin Frey, Abigail Pack, Lin Foulk: commission

2005

University of Mississippi

2005
2005

Potsdamer Horn Quartet

2007

Hanson Institute for American Music (Eastman School of Music)

National Endowment for the Arts

Maryland State Arts Council

American Association of University Women Education and Research Fund

Meet The Composer

Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1973

Delius Society (USA) Composers' Competition: 1st prize

1974

to 1989: composer in residence, among others at Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, Ossabaw Island (USA), Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), Künstlerhaus Boswil (Switzerland), Brahmshaus (Germany)

1985

Dutch cultural Centre, Jakarta (Indonesia): Decoration of Honour

1985

Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra: Pulitzer-Prize-nomination

1986

JL Music Productions: Grawemeyer Award-nomination

1988

Bay Area Women's Philharmonic: Pulitzer Prize nomination

1988

British Arts Council: Best New CD of the Year: Conifer CD with "Chernobyl" and "Violin Concerto No. 1"

1988

Ovation Classical Music Award (USA): nomination of the CD "Orchestermusik"

1988

Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra: Pulitzer-Prize-nomination

1989

Koussevitsky International Recording Award: nomination

1989

Money For Women/ Barbara Deming Memorial Fund: sponsorship for radio events for the promotion of the Nancy Van de Vate CD-recordings

1989

Grawemeyer Award-nomination

1989

Ray Chatelin (international music journalist): Koussevitsky Recording Award nomination

1993

Grawemeyer Award-nomination

1993

Pulitzer-Prize-nomination

1995

Grawemeyer Award-nomination

1995

promotional award for composers

1996

delegate to Bulgaria

1997

Los Alamos International Chamber Music Festival Los Alamos (New Mexico) Arts Council<: 1st prize

1997

delegate to China

1998

Ray Chatelin (international music journalist): Pulitzer-Prize-nomination

1999

Faculty Citation for Distingushed Achievement in Composition

1999

School of Music: Faculty Citation for Distinguished Achievement in Composition

1999

promotional award for composers

2000

Ray Chatelin (international music journalist): Pulitzer-Prize-nomination

2000

delegate for the papal jubilee in Rome (Italy)

2000

delegate to the Millenium Conference in Toronto (Canada)

2000

promotional award for composers

2001

Wellesley-College: Achievement Award (highest honor to be awarded by the Wellesley-College)

2003

International Committee of the Fondazione Adkins Chiti, Fondazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica, Rome (Italy): honorary membership

2003

City Theatre Osnabrück: Grawemeyer Award-nomination

2004

Pulitzer-Prize-nomination

2005

American Music Center: Composer's Assistance Program Award

2005

National Opera Association (USA): winner of the 2004/2005 Biennial Award for the Best New Chamber Opera

2005

Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity: honorary membership

2006

Pulitzer-Prize-nomination for the chamber opera

2007

University of Mississippi: accepted into the Alumni Hall of Fame

2007

honorary membership for lifetime

Meet the Composer, Inc. New York: numerous promotions for introductions at concerts of the composer

National League of American Pen Women: numerous national composition prizes for choral, vocal and chamber music pieces

Composers' Guild (USA): numerous national composition prizes for choral, vocal and chamber music pieces

American Association of University Women Education and Research Fund: award

Maryland State Arts Council: award

Description of Style

[...] Van de Vate's earlier pieces give hardly any clue what her later style represents. Her music of the 1960s includes some expressionist stylistic devices, such as non-serial twelve-tone motifs, dissonant counterpoint, and shows a preference for arch forms. In the mid and late 1970s her compositions became more extrovert and new characteristics can be recognised in the three main works: "Music for Viola, Percussion and Piano" seems to have sparked Nancy Van de Vate's interest for musical colours; from that time on, but particularly in the programme music of the 1980s, percussion instruments became very important. [...] the "nine Preludes" stand for a dramatic use of cluster sounds and extreme dynamics.
[...] Her "Sonata No. 1" establishes a fascinating, increasable emotional and harmonic language combined with the late romanticism and bravery of Prokofiev and Schostakovitsch.
[...] Since 1985, there is a tendency for warning, to mobilise the listener to become a more alert and aware person in this world. In some compositions this warning is programmatically direct [...], in others abstract, but not less insistent [...].
Nancy Van de Vate's music is the entity of frightening times, a music of intrepid immediacy, without setting aside satistfactory, compositional concepts.

 

based on Stephen Ellis, Baker's Biographical Dictionary

Press Reviews

7. May 2007

The "Chernobyl overture", by American Nancy Van de Vate, who lets sirens wail and conjures up threatening images, already proved strong.

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

 

14. May 2003

(The second day of New York City Opera's "Vox 2003: Showcasing American Opera") began with Nancy Van de Vate's "All Quiet on the Western Front. " The composer, who adapted the libretto from the popular Erich Maria Remarque novel about World War I, has composed a score witz a mid-20th century, middle-European flavor [...] It's skilfully done, and certainly provided two strong singers [...] with dramatically elaborate roles as the young German soldiers who become disillusioned comrades.

The New York Times (Anthony Tommasini)

 

29. May 2002

The tonal epos "Chernobyl", an alerting main work and German premiere, full of exciting drama, composed by the Vienna-based, American composer Nancy Van de Vate in 1987. The composer was present at the performance which ended in rapturous applause.

Hamburger Morgenpost

 

17. May 2002

The highlight of the evening was, without a doubt, the German premiere of the orchestra piece "Chernobyl", by the Vienna-based, Dutch [sic] composer Nancy Van de Vate. The way she manages to emphasize the hopelessness of the situation by tremendously slow increases, expresses melting processes through whirling sounds and uses the xylophone as a synonym for death, is impressive. Russian melodies are brutally crushed by the force of terror. Klassen kept the suspense impressively up to the fading end. The audience thanked the present composer with endless applause.

Quickborner Tageblatt

 

20. November 1997

The U.S. premiere of Nancy Van de Vate's "Chernobyl" by the Portland Symphony Orchestra Tuesday night was nothing short of a triumph [...]. "Chernobyl" stood up admirably against some of the most brilliant works in the orchestral repertoire. Even the legions of concert-goers who dislike "modern music" were mesmerized by this highly emotional works, which strains the resources of the symphony orchestra without resorting to any acoustical tricks.

Portland (Maine) Press Herald (Christopher Hyde)

 

20. October 1994

What makes Van de Vate’s music so satisfying is how she combines dissonance and intimidation. Threatening melodies are subtly developed out of shrouded moods, with percussion that suggests a racing heartbeat. Yet in every bar of music there is a sonorous presence [...]

Chuck Graham

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