2 ½ min.
piccolo trumpet, viola, cello
This brief piece was originally intended to part of a larger, multi-movement work whose movements were to be inspired by other works of art inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest. After the commission fell through, I stopped work on the piece, but released this and Fanfare for the Little Green Man as standalone works. Chorale Trio (Prayer to Prospero) is a setting of Frank O’Hara’s poem “Prayer to Prospero,” but with the text removed. Even without the text (“Our father local and famous…”), the piece retains a prayer-like, suppliant quality.
Dennis Tobenski (ASCAP)
Dennis Tobenski is a composer of acoustic new music, a vocalist, and a strong advocate for new music and for the interests of living composers.
Dennis’s Only Air, a 20-minute work for high voice and orchestra memorializing the gay teenagers who have taken their own lives in recent years, was commissioned by the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra, and has been performed in a chamber version by The Secret Opera in New York and members of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony.
In February 2016, he and pianist Marc Peloquin released their first album together, a disc of art songs by living American composers titled And He’ll Be Mine.
Dennis also hosts the Music Publishing Podcast and The Composer’s Guide to Doing Business: two music business-centered podcasts aimed at helping composers and performers to learn more about the practical aspects of their careers.
Dennis received his B.Mus. in Vocal Performance and Music Theory & Composition from Illinois State University, and his M.A. in Music Composition from The City College of New York.
His principal teachers have included David Del Tredici, Daron Hagen, and Chester Biscardi. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for Composers Now, and the Board of Directors of the KeyedUp MusicProject. Dennis lives in New York City with his husband Darien Scott Shulman and their cat Pistachio.
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