Mark Hagerty is an award-winning, highly individualistic American composer who pursued classical training as an instrumentalist, singer, and composer, and then determined his own path, outside of any tradition or institution. He has been developing two compositional practices in parallel—one that extends historic, particularly pre-classical forms, and a second that sets all traditions aside in favor of forays into more extreme forms and modes of expression. In all cases, he strives for a deep connection with performers and listeners, and his music has found enthusiastic audiences internationally and across the United States. He is currently working in larger forms and exploring the melding of sound sculpture with more intimate musical expression. Inspirations include science and nature, the poetry of Wallace Stevens, backpacking in Vermont’s Green Mountains, the art music of India, and his two favorite cities, Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro.
Guitar quartet. 2009, 7 pieces, 25 min.
Harpsichord or Piano. Ten character pieces. 2009, 24 min. Premiered by harpsichordist Tracy Richardson, recorded by pianist Curt Cacioppo and featured on the CD The Realm of Possibility.
ANTIPHON & aftermath
Electronic - computer generated and musique concrête. 1976, 15 min. "Meet the Composer," Syracuse, NY.
BABYLON SYSTERS - variations on a theme by steely dan
Flute, oboe, cello, harpsichord. 1989, 10 variations, 16 min. Commissioned and performed by the Modern Harpsichord Quartet and performed by Mélomanie.
Piano four-hands. 2013, 1 mvt., 4 min. Catálise, written for the Rio de Janeiro-based piano duo Josiane Kevorkian and Patrícia Bretas, was premiered and recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 2013 and will be featured on the CD Pares / Pairs, a project with Brazilian composer Sergio Roberto de Oliveira.
CELLO SUITE 1, solo version
1975, 5 mvts., 18 min. Premiered by Suzanne Smith Mead at Princeton University.
CELLO SUITE 1, version with piano
Version with piano (2014, 5 mvts., 18 min.
CELLO SUITE 2
1987, 5 mvts., 30 min., premiered by Douglas McNames in 2001 and featured on the CD Soliloquy.
CHAMBER CONCERTO: TOPOLOGIES
Piano & chamber orchestra (woodwind quartet, string quartet, 3 percussionists). 1974, 1 mvt., 14 min. Premiered by the Oberlin Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Robert Baustian, conductor, David Goodman, pianist.
Viola da gamba & harpsichord. 2002, 3 mvts., 10 min. For gambist Donna Fournier, premiered at Swarthmore College, September 2002
CLAVIER BOOK 1
Harpsichord or piano. 1985, 5 mvts., 25 min. Premiered by Tracy Richardson in Amsterdam. Featured on the CD Soliloquy.
CLAVIER BOOK 2
Harpsichord or piano. 1987, 5 mvts., 25 min. For harpsichordist Tracy Richardson. Featured on the CD Soliloquy.
CLAVIER BOOK 3
Harpsichord or piano. 2003, 5 mvts., 28 min. Premiered by Tracy Richardson at University of Rio de Janeiro 2003; US premiere 2005. Featured on the CD Soliloquy.
Companion Piece II
Two flutes. 2002, 3 mvts., 12 min. Premiered in Rio de Janeiro 2003 by Laura Rónai and Tom Moore. The US premier at the University of Delaware by Kimberly Reighley and Eve Friedman.
Flute & harpsichord. 2013, 1 mvt., 6 min. Premiered by Mélomanie at West Chester University, 2014.
Solo percussion. 2003, 4 mvts., 25 min. For, and with, Israeli percussionist Chen Zimbalista. Premiered at the University of Delaware in 2007, performed internationally, recorded by Zimbalista and featured on the CD Forays as well as Zimbalista’s solo CD Levitation
ESTADOS DE ESPÍRITO (states of mind)
Two cellos. 2013, 6 mvts. with ritornelli, 22 min. Written for Paulo and Ricardo Santoro of Duo Santoro, premiered and recorded in Rio de Janeiro, 2013. Estados de Espírito will be featured on the forthcoming CD Pares / Pairs, a project with Brazilian composer Sergio Roberto de Oliveira.
FORAYS: 5 Character Pieces and an Encore
Amplified cello & percussion. 2008, 22 min. Premiered by cellist Ovidiu Marinescu and percussionist Christopher Hanning, West Chester University, 2009. Title work of the CD Forays.
Percussion ensemble & soloist(s). 2007, 1 mvt., 19 min. Commissioned by the Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society and premiered at Duquesne University, 2008, with Matthew Duvall (of Eighth Blackbird) as soloist.
Percussion quartet. 2011, 24 min. Two movements: Continuum and Oblivion. Oblivion was premiered and recorded in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and is featured on the CD Luminosidade, a collaboration with Brazilian composer Sergio Roberto de Oliveira.
Green is the Night
Baritone & string quartet. 2006, 20 min. These five songs on poems of Wallace Stevens were remiered in Philadelphia in 2007 by baritone Todd Thomas and the Serafin String Quartet.
Green Mountain Music
Bassoon, cello, piano. 2000, 1 mvt., 14 min, for bassoonist Chuck Holdeman, premiered at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, April 2001.
Flute/piccolo, English horn, alto sax, bassoon, viola, bass, piano, percussion (Relâche ensemble). 2001, 1 mvt., 12 min. Premiered 2002 in Philadelphia, presented on multiple concerts in Philadelphia and New York, and featured on Relâche’s CD, Press Play as well as the CD Forays.
HOW TO LIVE. WHAT TO DO: 7 Songs on Poems OF Wallace Stevens
Tenor & piano trio (violin, cello, piano). 1983, 26 min.
INCIDENTAL MUSIC TO GEORG BüCHNER’S “WOYZECK”
Chamber orchestra, recorded and electronically processed. 1976. Music for an English version of the 1823 play produced by the Oberlin College Theater.
INTERMEZZO No. 1 (D major)
Viola & piano. In 19th Century style. 1984, 1 mvt., 8 min. Recorded by Ana Tsinadze, viola, and Tracy Richardson, piano, and available on a forthcoming disc with Intermezzo No. 2.
INTERMEZZO No. 2 (G minor)
Viola & piano. In 19th Century style. 2002, 1 mvt., 12 min. Recorded by Ana Tsinadze, viola, and Tracy Richardson, piano, and available on a forthcoming disc with Intermezzo No. 1
INTRADA: Symphonic Movement for Double Orchestra
1981, 9 min.
Harpsichord. 1984, 7 min.
Trumpet & percussion. 2003, 5 mvts., 22 min. Written for Naîlson Simões, trumpet, premeired and recorded in Rio de Janeiro with percussionist Daniel Serale in 2012 and featured on the CD Luminosidade, a collaboration with Brazilian composer Sergio Roberto de Oliveira.
Cello & piano. 2012, 1 mvt., 17 min. Premiered and recorded by Paulo Santoro, cello, and Josiane Kevorkian, piano, in Rio de Janeiro, 2013. US premier by Oviviu Marinescu with Anna Kislitsyna, piano, 2014, at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Featured on Pares / Pairs, a joint CD with composer Sergio Roberto de Oliveira, as well as a forthcoming CD of Hagerty’s cello works performed by Marinescu.
O LIGHT INVISIBLE
Chorus, soloists, strings, and brass. 1979, 20 min. Cantata on texts from T.S. Eliot, Philip Skelton, and the Bay Psalm Book. Commissioned by Caroline Church, Setauket NY, on the 250th anniversary of its founding.
Solo marimba. 2004, 3 mvts., 13 min. Premiered and recorded in Rio de Janeiro by Daniel Serale in 2012 and featured on the CD Luminosidade, a collaboration with Brazilian composer Sergio Roberto de Oliveira.
The Realm of Possibility
Piano. 2006, 11 mvts., 37 min. Expansive work of flexible form for pianist/composer Curt Cacioppo, premiered in Turin, performed in Venice and at several California universities, fall 2006. Recorded by Cacioppo for the CD The Realm of Possibility.
Solo flute (standard, alto, or bass). 2007, 4 mvts. with ritornelli, 14 min. Premiered by Kimberly Reighley, 2008, showcased at the National Flute Association convention, 2010. Featured on the CD Forays.
STRING QUARTET No. 1: FORMATIONS
1976, 3 mvts., 20 min. Awarded the Joseph H. Bearns Prize in composition by Columbia University.
Baroque ensemble—2 baroque flutes, baroque violin, viola da gamba, baroque cello, harpsichord. 2006, 1 mvt., 19 min. Premiered by Mélomanie in 2006 and featured on the CD Florescence.
Flute, violin, viola da gamba, cello, harpsichord, percussion. For the baroque/modern ensemble Mélomanie. 2013, 1 mvt., 19 min.. Premiered at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts with percussionist Chris Hanning, January 2014.
Woodwind quintet. 2011, 3 mvts., 19 min. Premiered by the faculty quintet of West Chester University in Steinway Hall, NYC, 2012.
THE WINTER EVENING
Mixed chorus. 1974. Text by T.S. Eliot, part of projected Winter Scenes for chorus, strings, and bells.
Curt Cacioppo, composer / pianist
Tiago Calderano, percussionist
Sarah Davenport, photographer and designer
Patrícia Bretas, Josiane Kevorkian, pianists
Duo Santoro—Paulo and Ricardo Santoro, cellists
Donna Fournier, gambist
Eve Friedman, flutist
Jon Gaarder, bassoonist
David Goodman, composer / pianist
Naomi Gray, cellist
Chris Hanning, percussionist
Chuck Holdeman, bassoonist / composer
Anna Kislitsyna, pianist
Ovidiu Marinescu, cellist
Chris McGlumphy, producer
Douglas McNames, cellist
Mélomanie, baroque-modern chamber ensemble
Andreas K. Meyer, recording engineer and producer
Sergio Roberto de Oliveira, composer and producer
Kimberly Reighley, flutist
Christof Richter, violinist
Laura Rónai, flutist
Tracy Richardson, harpsichordist
David Ross, music engraver
Janaína Sá, percussionist
Serafin String Quartet
Daniel Serale, percussionist
Naílson Simões, trumpet
Leonardo Sousa, percussionist
Todd Thomas, baritone
Ana Tsinadze, violist
Chen Zimbalista, percussionist