London Symphony Orchestra Program Note for the UK Premiere, July 9, 2017
Excerpt: The Prologue to Norman’s A Trip to the Moon accompanies the Méliès film in this way, presenting themes and ideas that will return and develop later in the opera. Storytelling unfolds through the various communities on stage. Here, the orchestra itself as a community takes the first turn at telling the story of how our characters got to the moon. At the end of the Prologue, the audience has been taken with the astronomers by the rocket to the moon, where the entire action of the opera will take place. Méliès himself tags along as the videographer for the expedition, and his ability to observe and draw out meaning from things that are not what they seem will prove essential to the mission. Read on
Erschienen in: Neue Zeitschrift für Musik 02/2017, Seite 42
The publisher has generously allowed me to share an English version of the article.
Excerpt: Try. Split. Suspend. Switch. Play. Many of the titles for Andrew Norman’s recent works are both a window into formal devices used in the piece and an invitation for the audience to engage in active listening. Read on
Published in Music & Literature October 25, 2016
An in-depth listening guide to Andrew Norman's Play.
Excerpt: Andrew Norman’s Play, “a symphony in all but name,” has already made waves . . . Read on
Dissertation: Andrew Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome: Influence of Architecture and Visual Art on Composition
Abstract: Andrew Norman’s The Companion Guide to Rome (2010) is a collection of nine pieces for violin, viola, and cello inspired by churches in Rome. Norman uses discrete compositional styles to express visual metaphor, showing the different ways artists or architects express spirituality in these churches. This dissertation presents an in-depth analysis of The Companion Guide to Rome, complemented by interviews with the composer, as well as a free online resource demonstrating extended techniques for strings in Norman’s orchestral and chamber music: http://www.shakennotstuttered.com.
Read/download the complete dissertation.
Excerpt: The Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir uses combinations of timbres that are at times ominous, or melancholy, and always powerful. She takes inspiration from natural phenomena or landscapes for many of her pieces, beautiful in the complexity of detail and the compelling quality of their large formal structures. . . . Recently, Thorvaldsdottir generously took time to discuss the inspiration behind her new work, and how she found her voice as a young composer. Read on
Published in Music & Literature May 18, 2017
Excerpt: Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s music is powerful and visceral. Merely saying that it represents nature does not express the depth of her compositional process. Many composers are inspired by the natural world, but what makes Thorvaldsdottir’s works unique is her imaginative rendering of nature—her ability to create the affect of tangible, physical landscapes through sound. She is enthralled by large-scale ensembles, and writes detailed orchestral scores that draw the listener in with layers of sonic perspectives. Read on
Liner notes for Bearthoven’s album of works by Scott Wollschleger titled American Dream (Cantaloupe Music, February 2019).
An interview of Lesley Flanigan for The Log Journal
Excerpt: "If I think about the advice I would give to myself at a younger age, the first thing I would say is trust the process. For example, I stepped away from sound for those five years. I thought I had lost my voice, but it was in me, I just needed to come at it from another angle. That means trusting the process and living your life. It doesn’t just go away; it can percolate and come back even stronger, whether it’s writing music or creating a project." Read on
Publications on Curriculum Development / Viola Repertoire
A three-part series for the Journal of the American Viola Society on The 20/19 Project
The 20/19 Project: A Centennial Celebration, JAVS, Volume 35 No. 1, September 2019. Part one discusses the origins of the project and the process of commissioning new work in general.
Published in the Journal of the American Viola Society, Volume 33 No. 2, December 2017
A series for NewMusicBox on the importance of (and resources for) building curriculum diversity:
Editions of Musical Scores
America by Scott Wollschleger, edited by Lanzilotti — solo viola
Available on PSNY as a digital download or printed score.
Sonnets by Andrew Norman, transcribed for viola by Lanzilotti — viola & piano
The Companion Guide to Rome by Andrew Norman, score errata
Josephine (the Singer) by Martin Bresnick, edited by Lanzilotti — solo viola
Now available through Carl Fischer Music: http://www.carlfischer.com/B3462