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Noah Luna

Noah Luna

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General Info

Year: 2016
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

First up was Noah Luna's The Wireless, which was my favorite piece of the evening, a bright, funny, sophisticated depiction of "a stubborn father who knew the only trick to make that [wireless] box work right, to power it up, and sift through the static [was] by scrubbing this way and that until a clear signal of the desired frequency was attained." Between passages of static that sounded like Ligeti tone clusters were musical dioramas influenced by jazz and movie soundtracks, seamlessly floating in and out of each other in a manner that could have sounded like a gimmick but did not.

- Program Note by Michael Strickland

In his program notes for The Wireless, Luna describes the days before television, when the centerpiece of every living room was a large wireless radio which could only be operated by scrubbing through the static until a clear signal emerged. The resulting composition includes fragments of swing, jazz, and vaguely Copland-ish harmonies and melodies, in which a better conductor than the composer himself can probably find more depth than I heard on Saturday evening. Most interesting and original were the intermittent pieces of composed "static" full of dissonance, tone clusters and angular rhythms.

- Program Note by Niels Swinkels

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • Ohlone Wind Orchestra (Fremont, Calif.) (Tony Clements, conductor) – 26 March 2017
  • San Francisco Wind Ensemble (Noah Luna, conductor) – 13 March 2016 – *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer