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Geoffrey Gordon - press photo 1 (in Cannes)

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Geoffrey Gordon - press photo 2 (in Cannes)

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Geoffrey Gordon - press photo 3 (in Cannes)

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Geoffrey Gordon - press photo 4 (in New York City)

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Geoffrey Gordon - press photo 3 (in New York City)

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Biography (long form)
2022 biography (long form) in English.

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List of Works ...
List of Works of composer Geoffrey Gordon (2022)

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Antwerp Symphony Orchestra interview with Geoffrey Gordon...
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra interviews composer Geoffrey Gordon and soloist Dimitri Mestdag on the eve the world premiere of Mad Song, a concerto for English horn and orchestra commissioned for Mr. Gordon by the ASO for their principal English horn soloist, Mr. Mestdag. (This interview is in Dutch.)

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BIS: Cello Libris press release...
Press release from Swedish record label BIS announcing Cello Libris, the new CD featuring cello works of composer Geoffrey Gordon.

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Nature Magazine profile of Muse-IC project...
Music of the spheres and cells: Elie Dolgin profiles a compelling collaboration between scientists and composers in Paris, including composer Geoffrey Gordon, whose chamber work Cosmic Inflation and the End of the Dark Ages, was commissioned by the Curie Institute for this fascinating project.

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Classical Music Magazine: FATHOMS premiere...
Music critic Katy Wright, of Classical Music Magazine, interviews composer Geoffrey Gordon about his cello sonata FATHOMS prior to the London premiere at St. John's Smith Square.....in May 2017.

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Prometheus - for bass clarinet and orchestra: 1st Movement
This is the first movement of the premiere performance of composer Geoffrey Gordon's bass clarinet concerto, Prometheus, featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra, from Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, with soloist Laurent Ben Slimane and guest conductor, Martyn Brabbins, 19 January 2019.

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CRUCIFIXUS for double choir (SATB/SATB) and solo cello
This is the world premiere performance of Geoffrey Gordon's CRUCIFIXUS for double choir (SATB/SATB) and solo cello, featuring the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir and cello soloist Toke Møldrup, given on 30 April 2017, Holmens Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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FATHOMS IV. The Isle is Full of Noises
The Isle is Full of Noises is the fourth movement from Geoffrey Gordon's FATHOMS, Five Impressions of Shakespeare's The Tempest (with Prelude), for cello and piano, featuring cellist Toke Moldrup and pianist Steven Beck, which premiered at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City, 17 Dec. 2015. REVIEW: "The engaging and colorful 'Fathoms' links to the past with unabashedly programmatic, extroverted storytelling. Using a range of extended techniques and unusual textures, Mr. Gordon vividly sketches characters and scenes from 'The Tempest.' Caliban’s gruffness, Ariel’s quicksilver curiosity, the glowing romance between Ferdinand and Miranda all came alive in Mr. Moldrup and Mr. Beck’s intense playing. The final movement imagines Prospero drowning his book, with Mr. Moldrup gradually tuning the bottom string of his cello downward, creating the unnerving sensation of something sinking, slowly, to ever darker depths." The New York Times: 18 December 2015 Release date: 29 June 2019

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Cosmic Inflation and the End of the Dark Ages
This is the world premiere of Geoffrey Gordon's new chamber work, Cosmic Inflation and the End of the Dark Ages - commissioned by the Institut Curie, as part of the Muse-IC project - from the performance in Paris, at the Salle Cortot concert hall, on 12 March 2019, featuring an ensemble drawn from the musicians of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by Marc Desmons. Cosmic Inflation and the End of the Dark Ages, scored for bass clarinet(doubling Bb clarinet), string quartet, piano and harp, is inspired by the research of astrophysicist Herve Dole into the first vibrations of the universe.

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Winterleben II. Winter-Lerchenton (European premiere)
Horn soloist Tommi Hyytinen (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra), mezzo soprano Niina Keitel and pianist Marko Hilpo give the European premiere of composer Geoffrey Gordon's chamber vocal work, Winterleben, at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland - Monday, 7 June 2021. This is the second song in the cycle - Winter-Lerchenton. Winterleben is a song cycle setting five texts, in German, by Mahler's favorite poet, Friedrich Rückert, for mezzo, horn and piano. This work was originally commissioned by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting, and first premiered in Zipper Hall,Los Angeles, on 7 August 2015.

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Mission: HARP. Episode 1 Geoffrey Gordon's Eolian
The making of Geoffrey Gordon's Concerto for Harp: Eolian, featuring harp soloist Eline Groslot. World premiere on 28.10.2022 at Flagey, Brussels info & tickets: https://brusselsphilharmonic.be/en/concerten/the-elements-28-10-2022 Eline Groslot, harp solo Geoffrey Gordon, composer Brussels Philharmonic video by Cosmo Studio https://www.studiocosmo.be/

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Mission: HARP. Episode 2 Geoffrey Gordon's Eolian
The making of Geoffrey Gordon's Concerto for Harp: Eolian, featuring harp soloist Eline Groslot. World premiere on 28.10.2022 at Flagey, Brussels info & tickets: https://brusselsphilharmonic.be/en/concerten/the-elements-28-10-2022 Eline Groslot, harp solo Geoffrey Gordon, composer Brussels Philharmonic video by Cosmo Studio https://www.studiocosmo.be/

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Geoffrey Gordon: Roman Rituals for Horn Solo
Roman Rituals (2020), World Premiere as live video production Composer: Geoffrey Gordon Horn: Saar Berger Sound Engineer: Lukas Nowok

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Geoffrey Gordon: Jeux de Création for solo harp
This is a live performance of composer Geoffrey Gordon's work for solo harp, Jeux de Création, commissioned for Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra principal harp, Anne-Sophie Bertrand. The studio recording of this work is available on the Naxos label on a CD of the same name, released in October 2021.

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Geoffrey Gordon: The Doktor Faustus Cello Concerto
This is an excerpt from composer Geoffrey Gordon's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, commissioned by the Copenhagen Philharmonic for their principle cellist, Toke Møldrup, and premiered on 31 January 2014, at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, with guest conductor, Rory Macdonald. The new work began as a conversation between Gordon and Møldrup. Both artists realized they shared an interest in Thomas Mann’s stunning 1943 novel, Doktor Faustus (Doktor Faustus. Das Leben des deutschen Tonsetzers Adrian Leverkühn, erzählt von einem Freunde). This startling retelling of the Faust legend, set in the context of the first part of the 20th century (and reflecting the turmoil in Germany during that time), is shot through with musical references, from Bach and Beethoven to Schoenberg (not to mention literary references from Shakespeare to Dante, Blake, and Verlaine)—a kind of Apollonian (reason, progress) and Dionysian (passion, tragedy, fate) struggle for the soul of the (fictitious) composer Adrian Leverkühn, as told by his friend, Serenus Zeitblom. The twenty-four years of genius granted the composer through a Faustian bargain with a (real or imagined) devil are directly reflected in the 24 minutes of Mr. Gordon’s score. The rich narrative and deeply textured allusive and symbolic elements of the Mann novel provide the inspiration for this work, but this is not intended as a literal, blow by blow retelling of the story. Rather, the spirit of the novel, and the general arc of the storyline—from innocence to madness—provide the creative blueprint. Organized into a Prologue and Five Episodes, the concerto traces Leverkühn’s journey in broad (and specific) terms, with the cello both embodying and (occasionally) commenting on the proceedings. This excerpt presents the final 8:30 of the work, from the second cadenza through to the powerful and yet resigned conclusion.

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