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Julius Eastman

Julius Eastman


General Info

Year: 1973
Duration:
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Music Sales Corp., through Wise Music Classical
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00


Instrumentation

Instrumentation is open, although traditionally voice(s), piano, and mallet percussion have been a part of most performances.

Scores for C instruments, D instruments, E-flat instruments, F instruments, G instruments, A instruments, and B-flat instruments.


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Julius Eastman’s Stay On It is a groundbreaking minimalist work. In this piece, the ensemble repeats various “cells” of musical ideas.

Eastman’s music is enjoying a rebirth, garnering performances worldwide after being nearly lost during his lifetime. It is a unique voice from a gay, black composer who struggled personally and artistically through the 1960s and '70s.

- Program Note from University of Maryland Wind Orchestra concert program, 7 May 2022


Performance Notes

Instrumentation is open, although traditionally voice(s), piano, and mallet percussion have been a part of most performances.

The ‘chordal’ part (main theme) may be played by the piano and/or mallet percussion. Alternatively, players of single-line instruments may choose to play one of the lines in the main theme that falls in a register that is comfortable and will lend itself to balance within the ensemble.

Players may choose to play and repeat the layered cells at their own discretion. It is possible to move between the chordal and layered elements, but the themes must be repeated throughout each section by at least one player.

Each element (theme, cells) may be repeated ad lib. Cues to move to each next section may be visual, or a pre-determined musical cue.

The piece may begin with the poem. Optionally, the players may choose to improvise using materials from the main body of the composition. This should begin quietly and sparsely, building intensity as the poem progresses, leading to the entrance of the main theme as the poem ends.


Media

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Orchestra (Michael Votta, conductor) - 7 May 2022


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Eastman, J. (2021). Stay on It [score]. Music Sales Corp.: New York, N.Y.