Robert Greenberg

Historian, Composer, Pianist, Speaker, Author

Robert Greenberg Premieres — “180 Shift”

I will have two works premiered this season. In the spirit of self-promotion I am posting the particulars and would then discuss the first of the premieres, coming up in November.

Premiere One: “180 Shift” (2013)

Place: Recital Hall, Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific, 3515 Pacific Circle, Stockton, California
Date: November 2, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM
Series: Resident Artist Series
Performers: Trio 180
Ann Miller, violin
Nina Flyer, ‘cello
Sonia Leong, piano
Commissioned by and dedicated to Trio 180 and supported by a Pacific Arts and Lectures Committee Award/Grant
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Premiere Two: “Invasive Species” (2012)

Place: First Congregational Church of Berkeley, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley, California
Time: 8 PM
Date: March 11, 2014
Time: 8 PM
Series: Composers, Inc.
Performers: Roger Woodward, piano and the Alexander String Quartet
Zakarias Grafilo, first violin
Fred Lifsitz, second violin
Paul Yarborough, viola
Sandy Wilson, ‘cello:
Composed for and dedicated to Roger Woodward and the Alexander String Quartet in honor of the Alexander String Quartet’s thirtieth anniversary
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Robert Greenberg 180 Shift

180 Shift

Trio 180 received their parts and scores for “180 Shift” about 6 weeks ago. They’ve been practicing, rehearsing, and asking me all the right questions since. They are, individually and collectively, smart, talented, and diligent: that wonderful trifecta that separates the wannabes from the pros.

We had our first rehearsal together two days ago, on Wednesday the 9th. For me, as the composer, a first rehearsal is about two different things. One, it’s about confirming that the players are doing their job by learning the piece. One can’t – and shouldn’t – expect perfection at a first rehearsal, but the piece should be well on its way to being performance-ready. Two, a first rehearsal is also about confirming that I, as the composer, have done my job by writing the piece I intended to write and by giving the players something worthy of their time and effort.

It was a perfect first rehearsal. With 22 days to go until the premiere, Trio 180 is poised to absolutely nail the piece. And I breathed a sigh of relief: the piece does what I intended it to do and the players appear to be happy with it.

Below: a picture from the rehearsal, featuring Ann Miller on violin, Nina Flyer on ‘cello, and Sonia Leong at the piano.