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).

MIGRATIONS: Chamber Concerto No. 4 for violin solo and ensemble

MIGRATIONS, commissioned for the Department of Music by our alumna PENKA KOUNEVA, will receive its premiere by Gabriel Richard, violin and ensemble, on September 16, 2017. The concert also features Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfearer) in Arnold Schoenberg’s arrangement, with Susan Dunn, soprano, attractive compositions by Bright Sheng and Penka read more »

Karel Husa, An Appreciation

The following was submitted to Raleigh’s News and Observer, December 30, 2016, and appeared January 4, 2017. It is intended for general audiences. Karel Husa, An Appreciation of the Composer in Our Midst North Carolinians busy with holidays and overwhelmed by the political events of 2016 may have missed news of the passing of composer read more »

In Utah

Canyonlands New Music, University of Utah Looking forward to meeting colleague Morris Rosenszweig, the students and faculty at University of Utah. Lois Martin, viola, and Stephen Gosling, piano will perform FOUR PIECES QUASI SONATA.

Homage to the Breath and Maw

On November 7, Washington, DC’s 21st Century Consort began a celebration of their 40th anniversary with a concert at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, commemorating Nicolas Maw’s 80th birthday, and also including works by David Froom and Caroline Shaw. I was honored that the group–long time colleagues–performed HOMAGE TO THE BREATH, which I created read more »

FIGURE-GROUND receives premiere

FIGURE-GROUND, for flute, violin, viola, and cello was commissioned by Electric Earth Concerts and given its premiere at the Old Francestown Meetinghouse in New Hampshire on July 9, 2015. (In the video linked above, there are initial comments and examples–the music starts about 4’50”).  A previous performance was given at the Duke Gardens in Durham.

STRING QUARTET NO. 3 (“A Tapestry”)

The Ciompi Quartet will give the premiere performance of the new work, commissioned by the group,  on Saturday, April 11, 2015.   Information may be found on the Duke Performances Website. For New Yorkers, the work may be heard April 18, 2015 at the Tenri Cultural Institute.  That program features Scott Lindroth’s String Quintet, with Ashley read more »


On April 1, Albany Records released a new disc, ELATION (Troy 1483). The album includes YTTE,  Scott Lindroth’s trio for flute, viola, and guitar, as well as first commercial  recordings of OFFERING, for flute, viola and harp, and FOUR PIECES QUASI SONATA for viola and piano, as well as Creature to Creature, by Miriam Gideon. Performers read more »

Dawn Kramer’s Vignette

Dawn Kramer’s choreographic improvisation on Kleine pop-musik, the fourth movement of Four Pieces Quasi Sonata for viola and piano.

In Lithuania for Juventus 2013 Choral Competition

In Lithuania to take part as a judge in the Juventus 2013 International Choral Competition, Stephen Jaffe spoke on “Reflections On New Media, The Orchestra, and the Documentary Impulse” in lectures at Kaunas University of Technology, and meetings with the Lithuanian Composers’ Union in Vilnius. The talks focused on recent directions among Duke faculty and read more »