The career of pianist Jeffrey Biegel has been marked by bold, creative achievements and highlighted by a series of firsts.
He performed the first live internet recitals in New York and Amsterdam in 1997 and 1998, enabling him to be seen and heard by a global audience. In 1999, he assembled the largest consortium of orchestras (over 25), to celebrate the millennium with a new concerto composed for him by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. The piece, entitled 'Millennium Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra', was premiered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 1997, he performed the World Premiere of the restored, original 1924 manuscript of George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' with the Boston Pops. Charles Strouse composed a new work titled 'Concerto America' for Biegel, celebrating America and honoring the heroes and events of 9-11. Biegel premiered the piece with the Boston Pops in 2002. He transcribed the first edition of Balakirev's 'Islamey Fantasy' for piano and orchestra, which he premiered with the American Symphony Orchestra in 2001, and edited and recorded the first complete set of all '25 Preludes' by Cesar Cui.
Currently, he is assembling the first global consortium for the new 'Concerto no. 3 for Piano and Orchestra' being composed for him by Lowell Liebermann for 2005-06-07. The World Premiere will take place with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andreas Delfs on May 12-14 2006, followed by the European Premiere with the Schleswig Holstein Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gerard Oskamp, February 6-9, 2007.
Biegel is currently on the piano faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Carl Fischer Publishes Two New Choral Works by Biegel
CARL FISCHER PUBLISHES TWO CHORAL TITLES BY JEFFREY BIEGEL
Click here: 2008 Choral Music
"A Different Kind of Hero "
Level: Elementary and above — MEA stirring and tuneful salute to the heroes of everyday life, with original words and music by Jeffrey Biegel, this two-part choral will tap into the desire of young people to have lives charged with meaning. This is an inspirational choral useful for concert performances throughout the year.
Two-Part Treble with Keyboard Part 1: C4- Eb5 — Part 2: C4-C5
"Ho Ho Hanukah! Ho Ho Christmas! "
Level: Elementary and above — EUsing the familiar Hanukah tune (Maoz Tzur, a.k.a. Rock of Ages), Jeffrey Biegel has written a clever piece that refers to the elements of both Christmas and Hanukah. The commonality of seasonal pleasures is delightfully presented in this salute to the Festival of Lights and the traditions of Christmas.
Two-Part Treble with Keyboard, Optional Sleighbells Part 1: Bb3-Eb5 — Part 2: Bb3-D5
Thanks to the assistance of Rae Moses, Director for Choral Music at Carl Fischer, I am privileged to share the news with you that these two new pieces are now available in the Carl Fischer choral library:
'Ho Ho Hanukah! Ho Ho Christmas!'
'Different Kind of Hero'
They have been arranged for two-parts/piano, based on the original three-parts and SATB versions.
If you click on the link above, you can have a listen to the mp3 of each title.
Hope it brings pleasure to many choristers throughout the US and abroad.