Works
 

Theme and variation on the Brazilian samba

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Olga Vinokur has just recorded "Binary" for solo piano. Enjoy this premiere recording.
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Knowing that so much depends upon the split second timing, the page turner in this episode commits all the blunders I could think of. There is a surprise ending, however, which I would not want to disclose!
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Rage is about the turbulent emotions of an abusive relationship.
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In keeping with the populist spirit of Sandburg's poem, Bond gives us a brief nostalgic journey through musical Americana.
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CLARA
Music: Victoria Bond
Libretto: Barbara Zinn Krieger
Opera in Two Acts

Cast
Principals: 2 sopranos; baritone, bass-baritone, tenor
Ensemble: 2 mezzo-sopranos, baroitone

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Victoria Woodhull, 1872
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The eleventh episode in Ulysses is James Joyce’s verbal equivalent of musical counterpoint. He has called this episode a “fuga per canonem,” assigning to each character the role of a musical line. Actual music is quoted and sung by the denizens of a bar in the Ormond Hotel as they gather around the piano.

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Hanukkah opera “The Miracle of Light” presented by Chamber Opera Chicago December 10th and 17th 2017 at 3:00PM at The Royal George Theater, paired with “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”

The opera is about bullying – a very timely subject that ties together the relationship between contemporary bullying in schools and the bullying of a religious minority by their oppressors 2000 years ago. In “The Miracle of Light” a teenager is bullied by his classmates and in both stories the spirit of hope and forgiveness is symbolized by the light that would not be extinguished.

Soloists: 1 adult soprano, I boy soprano, 1 girl soprano, children's chorus, chamber ensemble. available in chamber orchestra and piano/vocal score.

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The Constitutional Convention of 1787 as seen through modern eyes with comparisons to recent history.

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Cyclops is based on Episode 12 of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

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"A tuneful pastiche of ragtime, blues and gospel traditions with a dash of modern dissonance." -The Courier-Journal

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The text of Leopold Bloom’s Homecoming comes from James Joyce's novel Ulysses, and is the pentultimate episode.

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The language is pervasively chromatic, yet it takes in influences of all sorts, including blues, a waltz and fragments of popular songs mentioned by Joyce." -The New York Times

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Sirens is a work that I will be composing to a text taken from episode 11 of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The action takes place in a bar, and involves two seductive barmaids who flirt with customers. Several men stand around the piano, singing and flirting with the barmaids, and Leopold Bloom observes the scene, feeling alienated and lonely. As with all of the episodes in Ulysses, this episode is about being an outsider, a stranger in a strange land, a misfit and someone who is scorned and reviled by the society in which he lives. Leopold Bloom is Jewish and experiences prejudice living in Dublin. He is also everyman or everywoman who feels apart and alone in the midst of a world that has no use for him or her.
The piece will be scored for the Cygnus Ensemble: 2 guitars, flute, oboe, violin, cello and piano and has been commissioned by the Shapiro Fund for the Cygnus Ensemble. This will be the fourth section of Ulysses that I will be setting, having already set episodes 12 (Cyclops); episode 17 (Leopold Bloom’s Homecoming) and episode 18 (Molly ManyBloom). It will be approximately 20 minutes long and will involve 5 singers: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass-baritone.

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Opera based on updated Gulliver's Travels

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Coquí is the common name for several species of small frogs found in Puerto Rico, onomatopoeically named for the loud sound the males make at night, sometimes reaching as high as 100 decibels!
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"El Yunque" performed by the Seattle Collaborative"El Yunqu" is inspired by the sounds of the tropical rain forest in Puerto Rico.

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Victoria Bond's "Thinking like a Mountain" for narrator and orchestra, is based on an essay by American environmentalist Aldo Leopold. It tells how Leopold experienced an epiphany and converted from a hunter who shot wolves to someone whose life's work became protecting them and their habitat. The composition was commissioned by the Shanghai Symphony and performed and recorded by that orchestra.

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As part of the Houston Symphony's sesquicentennial celebration, and based on the folksong 'Deep in the Heart of Texas,' Ringing fragments the familiar melody in an Ives-like mosaic.
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Using Jonathan Swift’s satiric essay as text, Bond weaves fragments of familiar nursery songs together to produce a potent blend of humor and horror.
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Using the words from a letter written in 1927 about the relationship of art to science, the song takes its musical form from the highly-structured pattern of Einstein's thoughts.
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The text of Leopold Bloom’s Homecoming comes from James Joyce's novel Ulysses, and is the pentultimate episode.

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The language is pervasively chromatic, yet it takes in influences of all sorts, including blues, a waltz and fragments of popular songs mentioned by Joyce." -The New York Times

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There is also a great deal of dramatic and dynamic contrast. It is rhythmically complex for both performers and has frequent meter changes. The clever use of vocal and percussive effects creates a phantasmagorical work, difficult to interpret but well worth the effort." -New Directions
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Sirens is a work that I will be composing to a text taken from episode 11 of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The action takes place in a bar, and involves two seductive barmaids who flirt with customers. Several men stand around the piano, singing and flirting with the barmaids, and Leopold Bloom observes the scene, feeling alienated and lonely. As with all of the episodes in Ulysses, this episode is about being an outsider, a stranger in a strange land, a misfit and someone who is scorned and reviled by the society in which he lives. Leopold Bloom is Jewish and experiences prejudice living in Dublin. He is also everyman or everywoman who feels apart and alone in the midst of a world that has no use for him or her.
The piece will be scored for the Cygnus Ensemble: 2 guitars, flute, oboe, violin, cello and piano and has been commissioned by the Shapiro Fund for the Cygnus Ensemble. This will be the fourth section of Ulysses that I will be setting, having already set episodes 12 (Cyclops); episode 17 (Leopold Bloom’s Homecoming) and episode 18 (Molly ManyBloom). It will be approximately 20 minutes long and will involve 5 singers: soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass-baritone.

https://soundcloud.com/victoria-bond-7/sets/molly-manybloom-excerpt

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