FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJUDITH LANG ZAIMONT COMPOSITION SELECTED FOR "THE CENTURY LIST" OF CLASSICAL MUSIC
Judith Lang Zaimont's Doubles for Oboe and Piano has been selected for "The Century List" published in the June 1999 issue of Chamber Music Magazine. This prestigious list of 100 works by 100 Twentieth Century composers from around the world was compiled by Frank J. Oteri to identify "the vital music of this century" and to stimulate radio broadcasts of music of our time. Selected for its structural ingenuity and virtuosic writing for both instruments, Doubles is characterized by Oteri as "a piece that shows off how beautiful the sound of an oboe is!"
Only 50 works on the list are by American composers, and only 20 of these are living Americans. In addition to Ms. Zaimont, the distinguished roster of current composers named to "The Century List" also includes Michael Torke, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Charles Wuorinen and Philip Glass. Minneapolis-based Ms. Zaimont is the only Minnesota composer to receive this accolade.
"The Century List" is described as "100 Reasons to Play This Century's Music" in the magazine's feature article. Mr. Oteri, a music writer, commentator and staff member of the American Music Center in New York, originally prepared "The Century List" for presentation at the 1998 annual meeting of American Personnel in Public Radio. He intends the list to serve as a means of integrating this vital music into the regular broadcasting rotation of radio stations around the country.
Doubles was written in 1993 on a commission from oboist Lisa Kozenko, who premiered the work at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 1994 and who performs the piece on Arabesque CD Z6667 - Neon Rhythm - Chamber Music of Judith Lang Zaimont with pianist Dana Burnett. Support for the commission came through a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation. Published by Jeanné, Inc, the work has been performed throughout the U.S. and Canada and will be performed in London this coming July at the biennial conference of the International Alliance of Women in Music.
Judith Lang Zaimont is Professor of Composition at the University of Minnesota School of Music. In recent months, performances of her music have included premieres of Elegy for String Orchestra in New York and San Francisco, a new saxophone quartet, Parallel Play, commissioned by and premiered at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls as part of a full evening concert of her music and recordings of her McCollin Competition-winning Symphony No. 1 and other orchestral music with the Czech Radio Symphony for Arabesque, and of her choral music with the Choral Society of Southern California for 4Tay. Other current news includes a major article on her piano music - All-American Appeal, recently published in Piano & Keyboard magazine, the release of The Vocal Chamber Art, a CD collection of her songs for the Leonarda label and the completion of a large-scale Piano Sonata.
The complete Century List can be viewed at http://newmusicbox.org.
Judith Lang Zaimont's website is located at www.joblink.org/jzaimont/. She is represented by Jeffrey James Arts Consulting - 516-586-3433 - phone and fax, to whom inquiries about her music can be directed.