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Hybrid Vigor Music ~ About Geoffrey Hudson

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About Geoffrey Hudson

Composer Geoffrey Hudson’s music has been performed across the United States and in Europe. His

2006 opera for young audiences, The Bug Opera, was hailed as “clever and well-crafted, reminiscent of

Bernstein or perhaps of a light-hearted avuncular Stravinsky.” Himself a cellist, Hudson has written often

for strings, including string quartets, a string quintet, a string sextet, a piano quartet, duets for viola and

cello, and chamber music combining strings and winds.

In 2003, the American Composers Forum commissioned Meeting Ground, a concerto for string quartet

and orchestra based on powwow music of the northern plains Indians, written for and premiered by the Chiara String Quartet and

the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra. Other recent commissions include Peal (2007), an orchestral work written in celebration of the 75th summer of Greenwood

Music Camp (Cummington, MA) and First Among Equals, a concerto for viola and chamber ensemble (2002), commissioned and premiered by violist Sam Bergman and

the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble. First Among Equals was also featured at the 23rd International Viola Congress (Minneapolis, 2004). In the last five years, the

Minnesota Orchestra has presented two of Hudson’s works on its chamber music series: Mayor of the Nighttime City (1999) for flute, viola, and piano and Quintet (1996)

for two violins, two violas, and cello.

Daydreamer, a solo work for flutist Christina Jennings, was commissioned in 2002 with support from the Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music and has since been

performed in eight states and at the 2004 National Flute Association Convention in Nashville. Hudson’s catalog of works also includes a film score (William Shakespeare’s

Titus Andronicus), several song cycles (From Rilke’s Orchards, On the Subject of Bugs, Seasonal Songs), and works for chorus (Two New England Songs, Psalm 67, and

Bird Songs) and orchestra. He received his undergraduate degrees at Oberlin College, where he studied American history and composition (with Richard Hoffmann) and

earned a Master’s in composition at New England Conservatory, where his principal teacher was Malcolm Peyton.

 
 

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