On March 3rd in New York City, The Association for the Promotion of New Music (APNM) will honor their founder, the French composer Jacques Louis Monod with a choral concert that includes compositions written over the last 40 years.  A tribute might well be paid to Monod the conductor, the pianist, the theorist, the publisher, or the educator.  Born in 1927, Monod entered the Paris Conservatory at the age of six, when the youngest allowable age was nine.  At seventeen he became a member of the Leibowitz Circle of composers in France and he accompanied Leibowitz to the United States in 1950.  

A Tribute Concert to
Jacques-Louis Monod

March 3, 2017 at 8PM
Church of the Ascension
5th Ave at 11th St
New York, NY
Tickets

At the age of 25 he formed the Camera Concerts using New York Philharmonic players performing in Town Hall.  It was the first concert series in the United States to specialize in contemporary music, and would be the only one until the formation of the Group for Contemporary Music in the late ’60’s.  

In 1956, still in his twenties, he received an Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters for his contributions to the field of music.  Monod married the soprano Bethany Beardslee in 1951, and Milton Babbitt wrote “Du” for them.  Their many repeat performances of “Du” kept Babbitt on the map and exceeded all performances of the rest of his works combined.

Sometime around 1970 Jacques wrote Cantus Contra Cantum which was followed by a series of pieces bearing that name with Roman numerals denoting the order of appearance.  The original Cantus is an extraordinary work for fifteen players and soprano that uses three different tempos every three bars:  tempo, meno and mosso.  No two adjacent bars have the same tempo.  In the tradition of Art of the Fugue, it could be called The Art of Conducting.   Cantus III is a hauntingly beautiful piece for a cappella choir sung as a vocalise.  

Monod took part as a pianist in 1949 in a concert in Paris commemorating Schoenberg’s seventy-fifth birthday.  In 1974 he conducted Schoenberg’s Serenade commemorating the composer’s hundredth birthday.  The New Yorker stated flatly that “he’s the best Schoenberg conductor around.”  

With this concert APNM seeks to elicit the same reaction to Monod’s compositions, which have not received the attention they deserve.  One would be hard pressed to find a more all-around, more profound musician, from any country in the second half of the twentieth century. 

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Church of the Ascension 5th Avenue at 11th St New York, NY

APNM Honors French Composer Jacques-Louis Monod

When
March 3, 2017 | 8PM
Where
Church of the Ascension
5th Avenue at 11th St
New York, NY

On March 3rd in New York City, The Association for the Promotion of New Music (APNM) will honor their founder, the French composer Jacques Louis Monod with a choral concert that includes compositions written over the last 40 years.  A tribute might well be paid to Monod the conductor, the pianist, the theorist, the publisher, or the educator.  Born in 1927, Monod entered the Paris Conservatory at the age of six, when the youngest allowable age was nine.  At seventeen he became a member of the Leibowitz Circle of composers in France and he accompanied Leibowitz to the United States in 1950.  

A Tribute Concert to
Jacques-Louis Monod

March 3, 2017 at 8PM
Church of the Ascension
5th Ave at 11th St
New York, NY
Tickets

At the age of 25 he formed the Camera Concerts using New York Philharmonic players performing in Town Hall.  It was the first concert series in the United States to specialize in contemporary music, and would be the only one until the formation of the Group for Contemporary Music in the late ’60’s.  

In 1956, still in his twenties, he received an Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters for his contributions to the field of music.  Monod married the soprano Bethany Beardslee in 1951, and Milton Babbitt wrote “Du” for them.  Their many repeat performances of “Du” kept Babbitt on the map and exceeded all performances of the rest of his works combined.

Sometime around 1970 Jacques wrote Cantus Contra Cantum which was followed by a series of pieces bearing that name with Roman numerals denoting the order of appearance.  The original Cantus is an extraordinary work for fifteen players and soprano that uses three different tempos every three bars:  tempo, meno and mosso.  No two adjacent bars have the same tempo.  In the tradition of Art of the Fugue, it could be called The Art of Conducting.   Cantus III is a hauntingly beautiful piece for a cappella choir sung as a vocalise.  

Monod took part as a pianist in 1949 in a concert in Paris commemorating Schoenberg’s seventy-fifth birthday.  In 1974 he conducted Schoenberg’s Serenade commemorating the composer’s hundredth birthday.  The New Yorker stated flatly that “he’s the best Schoenberg conductor around.”  

With this concert APNM seeks to elicit the same reaction to Monod’s compositions, which have not received the attention they deserve.  One would be hard pressed to find a more all-around, more profound musician, from any country in the second half of the twentieth century. 

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