Born 1968, New York/USA, currently Cedarburg/USA
Wilde Lieder Marx.Music Duo Category Prizewinner

Geoffrey Gordon has been called a “rising star in contemporary music” (Le monde). His list of works includes orchestral and chamber music—vocal and instrumental—as well as scores for theatre, dance and film. His music has been called "darkly seductive" (The New York Times), “iridescent and fierce” (Chicago Tribune), “haunting” (Strings Magazine) and “remarkable” (Fanfare). A winner of the Aaron Copland Award, Mr. Gordon has served as composer-in-residence at the Aaron Copland House. He has written for some of the finest ensembles in the world, including the Philharmonia, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Munich Philharmonic, English String Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Zeitfluss, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and the International Contemporary Ensemble. In 2018, Martyn Brabbins and the Philharmonia (London) will give the world premiere performances of his bass clarinet concerto, Prometheus. Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra, who co-commissioned the work, will give the US premiere in 2019. Mr. Gordon is the 2018 winner of the Mario Merz Prize in music composition. He has been commissioned by the Curie Institute in Paris for the 2018-19 season, part of the Muse-IC project. Bridge records will release a CD of his cello works in 2019.

Harmonie (7’)
Orchestration: Soprano + vlc

Karl Marx (b. 1818, Trier, d. 1883, London) has entered the history books primarily as philosopher, economist, historian, political theorist, sociologist, journalist and, above all, revolutionary socialist. But Marx had a different side, a poetic, romantic one. As a young man, Marx wrote glowing love letters and poems, most of which he dedicated to his fiancée and later wife, Baroness Jenny von Westphalen. Steeped in Romanticism - the spirit of the time - Marx wrote with a virtuoso sense of language and an ability to draw on the fullness of poetic expression. On the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx and contributing to BCMG’s 2018 Wilde Lieder project, Harmonie sets for soprano and solo cello Marx’s exquisite poem of that name, dedicated to his love, Jenny, from Buch der Lieder 1836. In duet, the fluid lines of voice and cello articulate the depth and declamation of the text with sustained intensity, revealing its special rhythm and rhyme and sharing in the poet’s fascination with Love’s inherent magic. Harmonie draws on a central harmonic and melodic motive through which the composer explores colour, harmony and line, matching the passionate wonder and aesthetic impulse of the language of the poem - the inner turmoil and outwards expression of Marx’s words, providing perspective, intensity and sonic beauty with fleet-fingered virtuosity and masterful melodic phrasing.