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Edward Ficklin (1974-     )

Edward Ficklin, composerShyly courting the limelight, composer and librettist Edward Ficklin focuses his creative energy on the various forms of music-theater. He has realized his works in a number of unusual venues, like a store window near Grand Central Station and a vacant bank lobby near the World Trade Center (with the support of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the September 11th Fund). His work has also been presented by American Opera Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Opera Company of Astoria (Astoria, NY), Little Opera Theatre of New York, the Spring Fever Festival (New York, NY), David Parker/The Bang Group (a collaboration with choeographer Lise Brenner) and Opera Vista (Houston, TX). Internationally, his work has been presented by the Novi Sad Cultural Center (Novi Sad, Serbia) and the Staatstheater Kassel (Kassel, Germany). A selection of songs from his one-act opera Context of Love Lives was released on Rapport a compilation disc from Navona Records in early 2010. In addition to music theater, Edward has published articles and guides for composers for the American Music Center and Meet The Composer. His new media work includes soundbiting, an audio blog about urban existence, Sounds Like Staten Island, an audio database of recordings made on and about New York City’s forgotten borough, and specialized databases of commissioned repertoire for the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Schola Cantorum on Hudson and Meet The Composer. Trained in classical composition and English literature at the University of Denver, he finds inspiration in the small details and sounds of everyday life. Since 2003 he has been actively involved in the composers collective "The South Oxford Six", a group of six composers dedicated to presenting new works, collaboration, and training new generations of composers. Edward also serves on the Artists Advisory Council of Fractured Atlas, a national service organization for independent and self-producing artists.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Ficklin Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
Relation, cello and piano (1995; rev. 2003)
Serenade, oboe, harp and string quartet (2000; rev. 2006)
Visionary, song cycle, baritone and piano (2000)
Three Shakespeare Songs, soprano and piano (2001)
Quixote Meditations (3 song set), baritone and piano (2002)
Oh You Whom I Often and Silently Come, baritone and piano (2002) [text: Walt Whitman]
The Little Black Boy, mezzo-soprano and piano (2002) [text: William Blake]
Flow On, River!, unaccompanied vocal quartet (SATB) (2003) [text: Walt Whitman, from "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry"]
Quai d'Orleans, soprano and piano (2003) [text: Elizabeth Bishop]
O Living Flame of Love, bass-baritone and piano (2003) [text: St. John of the Cross]
The Ideal, baritone and piano (2003) [text: Charles Baudelaire]
Trickle Drops, tenor and piano (2003) [text: Walt Whitman]
Anniversary, opera in 1 scene (2004)
The Context of Love Lives, chamber opera (2005)
    - Context Songs, song cycle (3 songs), voice and piano (2005) [texts: Elizabeth Bishop; Oscar Wilde]
String Quartet No. 1, "Right and Left" (2006)
Looking Back, opera (2007)
Sought Him, vocal quartet (S,CT,T,B) and piano (2007) [text: from the Song of Songs]
    - originally for a dance work entitled "Mass", choreograpy by Lise Brenner]
String Quartet No. 2 (2007)
String Quartet No. 3, "Chased" (2008)
Fragments, song cycle, soprano and piano (2010) [text: Sappho]
Quintet: B78-S7, flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone, violin and cello (2010)
Flash of Recognition, chamber opera (in progress)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Ficklin Links     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theater
Anniversary, opera in 1 scene (2004)
The Context of Love Lives, chamber opera (2005)
Looking Back, opera (2007)
Flash of Recognition, chamber opera (in progress)

Chamber
Relation, cello and piano (1995; rev. 2003)
Serenade, oboe, harp and string quartet (2000; rev. 2006)
String Quartet No. 1, "Right and Left" (2006)
String Quartet No. 2 (2007)
String Quartet No. 3, "Chased" (2008)
Quintet: B78-S7, flute, bass clarinet, vibraphone, violin and cello (2010)

Vocal
Visionary, song cycle, baritone and piano (2000)
Three Shakespeare Songs, soprano and piano (2001)
    - Sonnet 23
    - Ophelia
    - Prospera
Quixote Meditations (3 song set), baritone and piano (2002)
Oh You Whom I Often and Silently Come, baritone and piano (2002) [text: Walt Whitman]
The Little Black Boy, mezzo-soprano and piano (2002) [text: William Blake]
Flow On, River!, unaccompanied vocal quartet (SATB) (2003) [text: Walt Whitman, from "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry"]
Quai d'Orleans, soprano and piano (2003) [text: Elizabeth Bishop]
O Living Flame of Love, bass-baritone and piano (2003) [text: St. John of the Cross]
The Ideal, baritone and piano (2003) [text: Charles Baudelaire]
Trickle Drops, tenor and piano (2003) [text: Walt Whitman]
Context Songs, song cycle (3 songs), voice and piano (2005) [texts: Elizabeth Bishop; Oscar Wilde] [from "Context of Love Lives"]
    - Wasted Days
    - Yet Each Man
    - One Art
Sought Him, vocal quartet (S,CT,T,B) and piano (2007) [text: from the Song of Songs]
    - originally for a dance work entitled "Mass", choreograpy by Lise Brenner]
Fragments, song cycle, soprano and piano (2010) [text: Sappho]


FICKLIN  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~
A Roadmap for Your Journey: Collaboration Agreements (Edward Ficklin, NewMusicBox)
Commissioning Agreements (or How To Get In Touch With Your Inner Lawyer) (Edward Ficklin, NewMusicBox)

Composer's website    . . .   contact Edward Ficklin: here

Ficklin @ American Opera Projects
Ficklin @ The Art Song Preservation Society of New York
Ficklin @ AND/Artists Network Database
Ficklin @ Classical Archives
Ficklin @ Cultural Centre of Novi Sad (in Serbian)
Ficklin @ Developers for Good
Ficklin @ Facebook
Ficklin @ LinkedIn
Ficklin @ Meet the Composer
Ficklin @ MySpaceMusic
Ficklin @ Navona Records
Ficklin @ New York Composers Circle
Ficklin @ The New York Times
Ficklin @ nytheatre.com
Ficklin @ SIP/SoundLAB Interview Project
Ficklin @ South Oxford Six

Publisher
Ficklin @ Composer's website

Streaming Audio
Ficklin @ Composer's website
Ficklin @ Classical Archives
Ficklin @ MySpaceMusic

Recordings
Ficklin @ ArkivMusic
Ficklin @ ClassicsOnline
Ficklin @ Navona Records

Video
Ficklin @ YouTube
Ficklin @ Google Video
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