Works

Illuminations on Byzantine Chant (2021)
This work represents over twenty years of creative collaboration with pianist Paul Barnes. I wanted to select byzantine hymns that reflected the wide emotional range and spiritual message of Judaism and Christianity. The musical roots are very similar and this piece highlights those similarities.

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BUZZ

One of the things that strike me in particular about the insect sounds is that they are so unexpectedly expressive. In the past I had thought of insects as being creatures without true emotions, but these “songs” are deeply emotional. Maybe it’s just anthropomorphic to identify human emotions with those of insects, but I’d like to give them the benefit of the doubt. This is what I am really after with the piece – bringing out what is most expressive in the language of these beasts. I have not manipulated the sounds in any way, being averse to making them sound even more “strange” and exotic than they already are. The commentary on the viola is a dialogue, a conversation suggesting a reaction to those emotions.
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Using original tropes notated in A. W. Binder's Biblical Chant for Esther and Ruth, Bond invented her own for Judith as the story comes from the apocrypha and not from the Torah. The stories of these three biblical women share a willingness to defy the conventions of their day to save their people
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A Hanukkah Opera premiered by Chamber Opera Chicago in 2016. The story tells of a high school student bullied by his classmates, and a teacher who brings the class together through her lesson on Hanukkah.

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Trombonist JoDee Davis

The Voices of Air
What does air sound like? Because the trombone is an instrument that depends on air, it made me think about the many voices of air and how we experience it as musicians. The first movement, “Breath,” focuses on the contrast between meditative long, deep breaths and agitated short breaths and how our breathing expresses our emotional states. The second movement, “Airplay,” is an homage to two great jazz trombonists and their recorded works: Urbie Green’s “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” and Carl Fontana’s “Beautiful Friendship.” I was fascinated with their virtuoso playing and the playful spirit of their music. The title of the third movement, “Floating on Air,” describes a serene and weightless sensation, and the fourth movement, “Breathless,” is just the opposite – turbulent, vigorous and unsettled.
“The Voices of Air” is dedicated to trombonist JoDee Davis, with gratitude to her and to the Curators of the University of Missouri who commissioned this work.
-----Victoria Bond, October 2019

 

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Three Illuminations on Byzantine Chant (2021)
This work represents over twenty years of creative collaboration with my dear friend Victoria Bond. Chanting in Orthodox churches for the last quarter of a century, I wanted to select byzantine hymns that reflected the wide emotional range and spiritual message of Orthodox Christianity. I’m thrilled with the final result and excited to give the world premiere tonight here at Symphony Space on Victoria’s beloved series Cutting Edge Concerts.

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Music: Victoria Bond


Text: Jonathan Fink


SATB Chorus.

"Your Voice is Gone"  was commissioned and premiered by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble in 2011 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911. 

I chose a letter from a young woman who worked at the factory to her mother in which she writes of her longing for home. She is lonely in New York without her family and dreams of them being together again. The poem ends with the tragic line “but even in my dreams your voice is gone.”

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Based on Hermann Hesse’s novel Narcissus and Goldmund, Equinox is set in the middle ages, the music evoking Gregorian chant.

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This ballet presents 7 solo piano pieces by Louis Moreau Gottschalk arranged for piano and orchestra by V. Bond.
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Rage is about the turbulent emotions of an abusive relationship. A pas de deux for two dancers, it is an impassioned cry against violence. It portrays a couple imprisoned in a vicious cycle of domination and abuse, first looking at the scene from the position of the perpetrator and then from the viewpoint of the abused, the music alternates between these two extremes.
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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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A Woman's Journey, portrays vignettes of ordinary scenes from a woman’s life. The musical structure is a theme and variations.

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Using Washington's words as the basis for the text and similar in format to the Lincoln Portrait, the music is based on actual fife and drum tunes from Washington's era.
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This work for narrator and large wind ensemble uses Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s own words in a dramatic script written by Dr. Myles Lee.
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Concerto for saxophone Quartet and Wind Ensemble

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