Instrumentation is open, although traditionally voice(s), piano, and mallet percussion have been a part of most performances.
The ‘chordal’ part (Main Theme) may be played by the piano and/or mallet percussion. Alternatively, players of single-line instruments may choose to play one of the lines in the Main Theme that falls in a register that is comfortable and will lend itself to balance within the ensemble.
Players may choose to play and repeat the layered cells at their own discretion.
It is possible to move between the chordal and layered elements, but the Themes must be repeated throughout each section by at least one player.
Each element (Theme, Cells) may be repeated ad lib. Cues to move to each next section may be visual, or a pre-determined musical cue.
The piece may begin with the poem [included in the performance scores]. Optionally, the players may choose to improvise using materials from the main body of the composition. This should begin quietly and sparsely, building intensity as the poem progresses, leading to the entrance of the Main Theme as the poem ends.
- The Springtime Vibrations of Julius Eastman
- 13th April 2023
- The music of Julius Eastman continues to resonate across the United States in 2023. April is a particularly exciting time for the composer’s music, highlighted in performances by two major American ensembles.
- Julius Eastman by Wild Up and Orchestra of St. Luke's
- 17th June 2022
- New Amsterdam Records releases 'Vol. 2: Joy Boy' on June 17, 2022, the second entry in Wild Up's Julius Eastman anthology. On June 28, the Orchestra of St. Luke's offers a free live-stream of Eastman's 'Femenine' with actor David Hyde Pierce.
- Matthew Aucoin World Premiere alongside Julius Eastman, Olivier Messiaen at 2022 Ojai Festival
- 7th June 2022
- The 2022 Ojai Music Festival features the premiere of “Family Dinner,” a cycle of mini-concertos by Matthew Aucoin written for members of American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), who collectively serve as Music Director for the festival.