Author Archives: Stephen Jaffe

Stephen Jaffe

My recent collaborations have been with the National Symphony Orchestra, The North Carolina Symphony, and the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, and have included orchestral works (Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Poetry of the Piedmont, and Cut Time) as well as chamber music (String Quartet No. 2--"Sylvan and Aeolian Figures"). Fortunately, I am also able to pursue recording of my music, and to collaborate with other musicians on recording projects. This is ongoing, in particular with the three volumes of recordings for Bridge, Inc. Volume 3 (Bridge 9255) involved collaboration with the 21st Century Consort, the North Carolina Symphony, and and the Odense Symphony Orchestra of Denmark. I see my life as a composer involving creation; collaboration, and advocacy for the art of music (including education, curation, and engagement with musical institutions).

Pandemic Collaborators: String Quartet No. 3 (“A Tapestry”)-Ciompi Quartet, and Four Pieces Quasi Sonata–Electric Earth Concerts

In nice video renditions, two beautiful performances of my chamber music were presented virtually during the pandemic year.  The Ciompi Quartet revisited String Quartet No. 3 (“A Tapestry”), and Jonathan Bagg and Mimi Solomon, under the guise of New Hampshire’s Electric Earth Concerts, performed Four Pieces Quasi Sonata for viola and piano.  I am very grateful these musicians read more »

Urging My Colleagues to Tell Gov. Cooper to Veto HB 324

Dear Governor Cooper: as an educator with more than 40 years experience teaching at Duke University, I am offended by HB 324, and I am writing to you to ask for your veto of this scornful and unwise legislation. The proponents of the bill say that it would protect students from being shamed. Nobody would read more »

James Primosch (1956-2021)

Very sorry to hear of the loss of my friend and colleague, Jim Primosch.  I am very saddened to hear of his loss, and send condolences to his family and to musical colleagues, especially in the Philadelphia area. I am a mourner at his funeral, and an admirer. Cinder We needed fire to make the read more »

Still Life With Blue: feature by the Durham Symphony’s Music Director

Some volunteers are charmed. In May 2012, I composed something of a volunteer. William Curry, the Durham Symphony’s conductor came in at the end of the month, just as I was playing it through, and said “I want that piece”. To make a long story short, in 2013, Still Life With Blue became the first movement of a three read more »

Yellow Barn

In June 2020 I was invited to speak about the late Mario Davidovsky’s series of  Synchronisms for instruments or instrumental ensembles with electronics.  Together with Seth Knopp, Director of Yellow Barn, and Curtis Macomber, violinist and faculty member, my presentation and the conversation that followed introduced a new generation of performers about the background which read more »

Diane Moser

I was very sad to hear of the passing of our colleague Diane Moser.  What a superb, courageous, musical intelligence she brought to everything she put her hands to.  And with such courage and friendship for fellow musicians and students.  Diane was a colleague at the Vermont College of the Fine Arts.  One of her read more »

Immigration Policy

This morning I added my signature to the following letter. Open Letter Against the Student Ban We, faculty at institutions across the United States, condemn the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decision, announced Monday July 6th, that stipulates that International Students with F-1 and M-1 visas, “attending schools operating entirely online may not take a read more »

Reviews of LIGHT DANCES Bridge recording by Da Capo Chamber Players

Jaffe: Light Dances “Chamber Concerto No. 2” MP3 Music Bridge Records Stephen Jaffe’s Light Dances has the capacity, rare in contemporary music, to bring a delighted smile to the listener. In a sense, everything else a reviewer can say follows from that. One imagines that the composer has become accustomed to taking his bows before audiences who read more »

“Culture Opens Us Up” – a Conversation With Robert Carl on LIGHT DANCES and Other Works

An interview by composer Robert Carl on Bridge’s new release of Light Dances (Chamber Concerto No. 2) to appear in Fanfare Magazine’s May Issue. Bridge 4001. To login via Fanfare Magazine: Light Dances Interview: Feature Article by Robert Carl “Culture Opens Us Up, With Luck”: An Interview with Stephen Jaffe Buy Jaffe: Light Dances Jaffe: read more »

Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia’s 200th Anniversary Announced + 2020 Update: THREE ARCS

Stephen Jaffe, Augusta Read Thomas, Tania Léon and Roberto Sierra were commissioned to create new works for the Musical Fund Society’s 200th Anniversary in 2020.  We all anticipate hearing our new works! Three Arcs was scheduled for April 2020 performance at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, with Network for New Music and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, conducted read more »