Pitt music professor Rosenblum wins Guggenheim fellowship

Written by Andrew Druckenbrod on .

I have enjoyed listening to and writing about Mathew Rosenblum's music for years. And now the Pitt professor of music has gotten an honor I always thought he deserved: A Guggenheim Fellowship. He is one of 175 scholars, artists and scientists selected as fellows this year. The award is in recognition of past achievement but it is really about future endeavors. Rosenblum will be working on a concerto for the acclaimed klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, who is also a close friend of his. The working tiele is "Lament: Witches' Sabbath" and if that rings a bell, it's because it reminds you of Berlioz’s Symphony "Fantastique." Indeed, Rosenblum will allude to the final movement's ("Songe d'une nuit du sabbat") for the concerto that will be recorded by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, directed by former Pittsburgher Gil Rose. Here's his words, and an articles of mine that will give you an idea of his music:

Scale makes music of Rosenblum distinctive

“It’s meant as a new piece that appropriates, transforms, and interprets elements from the original. The idea is to mesh my microtonal musical language with David’s improvisational sensibility using aspects of Berlioz’s musical material and the evocative theme of “witches sabbath” as a reference point. The piece will begin with a Lament, and will be 18-25 minutes in length.”

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