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Vineet Shende (1972-    )

Vineet Shende, composerVineet Shende’s work has been called "startlingly intense and vivid" (Boston Musical Intelligencer). It often deals with conceptual issues of timbral development, structural order, and the Japanese aesthetic concept of ma ("active" space and time). Shende’s music incorporates a wide variety of styles, including the modal and rhythmic world of North Indian classical music, the visceral energy of rock music, and a harmonic language described as "hard to characterize, dissonant in some places and with celestial harmonies in others, but unusually accessible" (Maine Sunday Telegram). His music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has brought him recognition in the form of awards, fellowships, and grants from such organizations as ASCAP and the Mellon Foundation. Recent premieres have included Naimittika Pralaya for double string orchestra and prepared piano, commissioned by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Three Longfellow Poems for soprano soloist, two choirs and orchestra, commissioned by the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Ensembles such as the American Modern Ensemble, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Aeolian Chamber Players, and the National Symphony Orchestra have all recently performed Shende’s music. Recent recordings (on the New Focus label) include the "vigorous and sassy" (Gramophone Magazine) Throw Down or Shut Up! on Flexible Music’s debut album FM, and the "particularly outstanding" (American Record Guide) Sonetos de amor performed by soprano Elizabeth Weigle and guitarist Daniel Lippel on Lippel’s album Sustenence. Shende's principal composition teachers have been Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Michael Schelle, and Jonathan Chenette. He has also studied music with sitar virtuoso Ustad Usman Khan and conducting with Stanley DeRusha and Scott Tucker. Shende is an Associate Professor of Music at Bowdoin College, where he oversees the composition program and teaches courses in composition, electronic music, orchestration, music theory, music history, and Asian music. He is a member of ASCAP, and a charter member of Score Board, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s composer advisory organization.

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Shende Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Shende on Shende
Memorial for a Sarajevan Orphan, orchestra (1993)
Tempest, orchestra (1993)
Les Plaintes d’un Icare, chorus (1994) [text: Charles Baudelaire]
Three Miniatures, guitar (1994)
String Quartet (1995)
Five Poems of William Carlos Williams, soprano and piano (1996) [text: William Carlos Williams]
Dark Carillon, orchestra (1996)
Romance, violin and piano (1997)
Lucy, baritone and chamber orchestra (1997-98) [text: William Wordsworth]
Two American Folksongs, female chorus [SSA] (1998) [text: trad.]
Fantasia on "Son de la loma", clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1998)
Struwwelpeterlieder, soprano and piano (1998-1999) [text: Heinrich Hoffmann]
Gloria, double chorus (1999)
O Aula Nobilis, chorus and chamber ensemble [brass qnt, 4 perc] (1999) [text: anon.]
Sonata, solo cello (1999-2000)
Seven Mirrors, string quartet (2000)
Snarl, chamber ensemble [fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, tpt, trom, 2 perc, pf, 2 vln, va, vc, db] (2000)
    - Snarl, chamber ensemble [fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, tpt, trom, perc, pf, 2 vln, va, vc, db] (2007, rev. vers.)
Much Ado About Nothing, incidental music [cl, gtr, 2 sop, alto, perc, db] (2000) [for Ian Wooldridge production]
To Musique, female chorus [SSA] (2000) [text: Robert Herrick]
    - To Musique, female chorus [SSA] (2002, rev, version) [text: Robert Herrick]
Vayu, woodwind quintet [fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn] (2001)
Prelude No. 1: Echoes, piano (2001)
East West, incidental music [recorder, lute, guitar, sitar, tabla & perc] (2002) [for adapt. of Salman Rushdie short stories]
Prelude No. 10: Washington Square Soliloquies, piano (2002)
Razzle, orchestra (2003)
Sonetos de amor, soprano and guitar (2003) [text: Pablo Neruda]
Janmatse Sarthak, chorus (2004) [text: traditional Marathi]
"…and round thy phantom glue my clasping arms", piano quintet [piano, 2 vln, va, vc] (2004)
Kiss Me in the Dark, short film score [str qt & electronics] (2005) [for silent film "Kiss Me in the Dark", Barry Gilbert, director]
Throw Down or Shut Up!, baritone sax, guitar, piano and percussion (2005; rev. 2007)
Music for a Summer Monsoon, alto flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (2006)
Three Longfellow Poems, soprano, double chorus and orchestra (2008)
Vertical Tintal, violin and piano (2009)
Suite in Raag Marva, guitar (2010)
Naimittika Pralaya, string orchestra and prepared piano (2011)
…at the cusp of dawn, a breath, piano (2012)
Suryachi Saoli (Sun’s Shadow), piano and percussion [1 player] (2012)
Pravasa, Travels of the Guitar, chorus and guitar (2012-13)


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Shende Links    ~ ~ ~    Shende on Shende     ~ top of page ~
Orchestra
Memorial for a Sarajevan Orphan, orchestra (1993)
Tempest, orchestra (1993)
Dark Carillon, orchestra (1996)
Razzle, orchestra (2003)
Naimittika Pralaya, string orchestra and prepared piano (2011)

Chorus w/Orchestra
Three Longfellow Poems, soprano, double chorus and orchestra (2008)
    - Daybreak
    - The Warning
    - The Occultation of Orion

Choral
Les Plaintes d’un Icare, chorus (1994) [text: Charles Baudelaire]
Two American Folksongs, female chorus [SSA] (1998) [text: trad.]
Gloria, double chorus (1999)
O Aula Nobilis, chorus and chamber ensemble [brass qnt, 4 perc] (1999) [text: anon.]
To Musique, female chorus [SSA] (2000) [text: Robert Herrick]
    - To Musique, female chorus [SSA] (2002, rev, version) [text: Robert Herrick]
Janmatse Sarthak, chorus (2004) [text: traditional Marathi]
Pravasa, Travels of the Guitar, chorus and guitar (2012-13)

Chamber
String Quartet (1995)
Fantasia on "Son de la loma", clarinet, violin, cello and piano (1998)
Seven Mirrors, string quartet (2000)
Snarl, chamber ensemble [fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, tpt, trom, 2 perc, pf, 2 vln, va, vc, db] (2000)
    - Snarl, chamber ensemble [fl, ob, cl, bsn, hn, tpt, trom, perc, pf, 2 vln, va, vc, db] (2007, rev. vers.)
Vayu, woodwind quintet [fl, ob, cl, hn, bsn] (2001)
"…and round thy phantom glue my clasping arms", piano quintet [piano, 2 vln, va, vc] (2004)
Throw Down or Shut Up!, baritone sax, guitar, piano and percussion (2005; rev. 2007)
Music for a Summer Monsoon, alto flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (2006)
Suryachi Saoli (Sun’s Shadow), piano and percussion [1 player] (2012)

Instrument and Piano
Romance, violin and piano (1997)
Vertical Tintal, violin and piano (2009)

Solo Instrument
Three Miniatures, guitar (1994)
Sonata, solo cello (1999-2000)
Suite in Raag Marva, guitar (2010)

Piano
Prelude No. 1: Echoes, piano (2001)
Prelude No. 10: Washington Square Soliloquies, piano (2002)
…at the cusp of dawn, a breath, piano (2012)
Suryachi Saoli (Sun’s Shadow), piano and percussion [1 player] (2012)

Vocal
Five Poems of William Carlos Williams, soprano and piano (1996) [text: William Carlos Williams]
Lucy, baritone and chamber orchestra (1997-98) [text: William Wordsworth]
Struwwelpeterlieder, soprano and piano (1998-1999) [text: Heinrich Hoffmann]
Sonetos de amor, soprano and guitar (2003) [text: Pablo Neruda]
Three Longfellow Poems, soprano, double chorus and orchestra (2008)
    - Daybreak
    - The Warning
    - The Occultation of Orion

Incidental/Film
Much Ado About Nothing, incidental music [cl, gtr, 2 sop, alto, perc, db] (2000) [for Ian Wooldridge production]
East West, incidental music [recorder, lute, guitar, sitar, tabla & perc] (2002) [for adapt. of Salman Rushdie short stories]
Kiss Me in the Dark, short film score [str qt & electronics] (2005) [for silent film "Kiss Me in the Dark", Barry Gilbert, director]


SHENDE  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre    ~ ~ ~    Shende on Shende      ~ top of page ~
BMOP on Indian-Inspired Music (Sudeep Agarwala, The Boston Musical Intelligencer)
Flexible Music to Perform Vineet Shende's Work (Bowdoin.edu)
He Found Longfellow Positively Symphonic (Christopher Hyde, Portland Press Herald)    or     here
Projecting the 'Spirit of India' (David Weininger, The Boston Globe)
Razzle: A Commission for the National Symphony Orchestra (Bowdoin.edu)
Shende Sounds Hopeful Note With Longfellow Poems (Bowdoin.edu)

Composer's website (at Bowdoin College)   . . .   contact Vineet Shende:  here

Shende @ Answers.com
Shende @ Boston Modern Orchestra Project    also    here
Shende @ Bowdoin College    also    here
Shende @ Classical Archives
Shende @ Facebook
Shende @ IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
Shende @ InstantEncore
Shende @ Daniel Lippel - Guitarist
Shende @ The Oratorio Chorale
Shende @ ZoomInfo

Publisher
Shende @ Composer's website

Streaming Audio
Shende @ Bowdoin College
Shende @ Classical Archives
Shende @ Daniel Lippel - Guitarist

Recordings
Shende @ Composer's website
Shende @ Amazon.com
Shende @ ArkivMusic
Shende @ CD Baby
Shende @ CD Universe
Shende @ ClassicsOnline
Shende @ DRAM Online
Shende @ Daniel Lippel - Guitarist
Shende @ New Focus Recordings

Video
[none at the moment]
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Shende on Shende: Bowdoin's Composer of Note (streaming audio)
Vineet Shende, composerComposers Speak on the Web at Pytheas
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