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The Music of Jeff Harrington or Jeffrey Harrington



Music that is tonal and intensely contrapuntal inspired by New Orleans and classical music traditions.



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Two New 19ET Pieces - String Trio #8 and String Quartet #10 (rev. 2017)

July 9, 2017 05:09 AM

I've returned to microtonal composition with two new pieces, a crazy dissonant but tonal and melodic string trio and a string quartet which I revised to be played within the 19ET system. Both pieces use the traditional 19ET notation system.

String Trio #8 - Demo
Score and Parts - IMSLP

String Quartet #10 (2015, rev. 2017) - Demo
Score and Parts - IMSLP




New Piano Quintet and Indigo Trails Now Available Through Editions Corvus

May 27, 2017 03:24 AM

My new piano quintet contrasts pseudo-orchestral contrapuntal textures with bleak monody and blues-inspired cacophonies: the use of masses of invertible counterpoint as texture.

From my blog, beepSNORT

"The sonic realms of the music of the past are re-visualized through the lenses of the 21st Century experience. I have little interest in many of the sentiments of the past, it is the momentum-generating processes and gestalt-driven inevitabilities created by mono-thematicism and the sheer splendor of melody-driven immersion that I seek from the past."

Piano Quintet Demo

The score and parts are now available at IMSLP.

Indigo Trails for Mandolin and Guitar has been published by Editions Corvus. Indigo Trails was written for and premiered by mandolinist, Mike Marshall, for a fund-raising concert for New Music Works of Santa Cruz, CA in 2009 and was premiered by Marshall and Gyan Riley (Terry Riley's son).

Purchase Indigo Trails - Score and Parts




New Music Memes

April 9, 2017 01:23 AM

I've created an album of all of the new music memes I made while I was on Facebook in the last couple of years. It's a collection of traditional Reddit memes (and a Subgenius classic) used to lightly comment on some of the silliness we in the New Music scene inflict upon ourselves with our ideologies and coercive stylistic battles.

New Music Memes

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Recent Performances, New Pieces

February 20, 2017 02:04 AM

Recent performances: 1. Quartet for Two Flutes, Violin and Contrabass - World Premiere - February 19, 2017, University of San Diego - Score - Demo 2. Duo for Two Flutes - World Premiere - Kelsey Robinson and Andrew Baird, Adelaide, Australia, November 13, 2016 - Score - Demo 3. The Song of R'lyeh for String Octet - Hutchins Consort - Three Performances in Southern California - October, 20,21,23, 2016 - Score - Demo 4. Ox for Solo Cello - World Premiere - J. W. Turner, Sept. 15, 2016, High Point, NC - Score - Demo 5. Erg for Mandolin and Guitar - Duo Ahlert und Scwhab, February 5, 2017 - Hamburg, Germany Review - Translation: The final part of the first part was "Erg" by American composer Jeffrey Harrington, a piece written after 9/11, more contemporary and exciting than ever before: East and West, the transformation of Arabic sounds into European classical music, the mutation of a blues line in An Arab way. East and West merge, nonviolent, creative. Political music can hardly be more relevant. Erg has also been newly recorded by the German trio, Ensemble Triologie: Ensemble Triologie - Soundscapes, Vol. 1 New Compositions: 1. Tango for Cello Duo (2017) - Score - Demo 2. Trio #2 for Horn, Violin and Piano (2016) - Score - Demo 3. Violin Sonata #5 (2016) - Score - Demo 4. Sinfonietta Povera (2015) - Score - Demo 5. Sinfonietta No.2 for Horn, Viola and Contrabass (2015) - Score - Demo 6. Clarinet Sonata (2015) - Score - Demo 7. Horn Sonata (2015) - Score - Demo 8. Trio No.2 for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (2015) - Score - Demo 9. Quartet for Two Flutes, Violin and Contrabass (2015) - Score - Demo 10. Sonata for 2 Flutes and Piano (2015) - Score - Demo 11. Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Contrabass (2014) - Score - Demo 12. A Hunderd Blues Later for Two Violins and Viola (2014) - Score - Demo[...]



New Pieces, New Website Coming

March 7, 2014 07:04 AM

Chasse Infernal for Violin and Harpsichord
Refugium for String Quartet
Duo for Cello and Contrabass
B'ar for Solo Contrabass
String Quartet #10




Rutgers Today! Concert Featuring 3 of My Pieces

April 7, 2013 06:12 AM

Castle of the Bishops at Fontaine de Vaucluse Today at 2PM Rutgers' Helix New Music Ensemble will perform KaleidoPsychoTropos for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano, Tchoupitoulas Byrd Song for Clarinet and Piano and Tango de Tonnerre (World Premiere) for Viola and Piano. I've been commenting on rehearsal videos and this is going to be really fantastic. Here's the new music I've written since the last blog entry, as usual, all of the demos are available here: 2013: For Solomon Eagle for Alto Recorder, Continuo, Bass, a strange hallucinogenic commentary on a Division by Solomon Eccles. Part of Daniel Wolf's New Divison project. Pastorale for Flute, a short quirky not too difficult piece with interesting cross rhythms and East European melodic influences. Jeux d'eau et de rochers for piano, a piano piece, full of curlecews and Scarlatti-esque wonder inspired by the waterfalls at Fontaine de Vaucluse. With Sails Unfurled... for Saxophone Quartet, an exploration of East European melodies in rhythms, with some exciting transitions and climaxes. Un Voyage a Cythere for 8 Euphoniums, a piece commissioned by euphonist, Robert Benton, for live ensemble or pre-recorded and one soloist. The score will be available after the premiere which looks to be sometime in the fall. It's a quasi-orchestral study in massive washes of sounds and heraldic anthems. Traversees nocturne pour flute, clarinette, violon, violoncelle et piano. A study in the colors of night. Score available shortly. 2012: La Perle for Flute Quartet a strange and ecstatic piece, inspired by my electronic piece, Turning the Pearl. joujou for Toy Piano a short piece exploring an absurd classicism. Tango #2 for Piano a nocturnal tango. Tango Milonga III for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, the final movement in my Tango Milonga Suite, fast and furious, but still soulful. Vistuo de Avignoun for Reed Quintet, a 5 minute piece which explores the sound worlds around our new home, Avignon, France. Tango-Phantasie for Piano Trio, a full length piano trio tango, full of flair and quiet desparation. Ox for Solo Cello a slow, almost static cello piece in a single line, inspired by the Bach C minor Sarabande. And finally, after 22 years of putting it off, I've created a performable version of my Acid Bach Suite for Quarter-tone Tuned Keyboards. It requires 2 full size keyboards. Here's a new realization: width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/bRPNUfXi_mg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>[...]



Karen Bentley Pollick's Stupendous Seattle Performance of My Grand Tango for Violin and Video

December 6, 2012 09:33 AM

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Score: Grand Tango for Solo Violin

Please write if you'd like the video.




Five New Pieces and The Hammered Wind Dances I is Published

June 27, 2012 07:36 AM

Rue Pente Rapide, Villeneuve lez Avignon In the past 3 months, I've written and revised a bunch of new pieces, Tango Ondulado for Solo Flute, Tango de Tonnerre for Viola and Piano, L'appel du large for Harp and Viola, Tango Feroz for Violin and Piano, a Tango for Solo Piano (the first of an intended series), Cello Duet II and a second Tango Milonga for Clarinet, Cello and Piano which will form the 2nd movement of a suite. I've also finally finished and published my massive virtuoso Hammered Wind Dances I for Flute and Piano. First, my new tango for viola and piano is an extremely dramatic work, with virtuoso parts for both viola and piano. It's got recurring massive chords and dramatic ostinati on the piano which give it gigantic climaxes. Score and Parts for Tango de Tonnerre for Viola and Piano - IMSLP.org Tango de Tonnerre for Viola and Piano - Demo Recording My new solo flute tango is 3 minutes of rhythmic excitement. It's named Tango Ondulado for its undulating manner, florid and eccentric. Score for Tango Ondulado for Solo Flute - IMSLP.org Tango Ondulado for Solo Flute - Demo Recording My Tango Feroz for Violin and Piano is an encore piece, written for a contest that turned out to have more than a passing interest in amateur endeavors. Nonetheless, a composer really can't have too many violin encores! It's 4 minutes of punchy, 12/8 tango/salsa madness with windups and climaxes galore. Score and Parts for Tango Feroz for Violin and Piano - IMSLP.org Tango Feroz for Violin and Piano - Demo Recording My new Tango for Piano #1, is a meditation on the tango, brooding and almost laconic in places. It's intended to be the first in a series, and I'm modelling the pieces after the compositional manner of the Chopin Mazurkas. Score for Tango for Piano #1 - IMSLP.org Tango for Piano #1 - Demo Recording My second big piece for clarinet, cello and piano, is the 2nd movement in an intended Tango Milonga Suite. It's slower, brooding and has some very delicate slow parts throughout the piece. Score and Parts for Tango Milonga II for Clarinet, Cello and Piano - IMSLP.org Tango Milonga II for Clarinet, Cello and Piano - Demo Recording And finally the last new piece, which I finished yesterday, is a new Cello Duet II. It is a ferocious, but stately piece, manic in places and brooding in others. Score and Parts for Cello Duo II - IMSLP.org Cello Duo II - Demo Recording And regarding The Hammered Wind Dances I for Flute and Piano, this was a piece that I wrote back in 2001. I remember listening to a demo of it on the train to the OughtOne Festival in Vermont and then 2 weeks later, 9/11 happened and everything got sidelined. I revised the piece in 2004 and finally have finished the parts and scores. It was intended to be a big piece, like my BlueStrider for Piano, monumental, but with an eccentric funk/jazz approach within its very strict brutal classicism. Both the piano part and the flute part are very difficult, but certainly not more than most modern flute and piano pieces (certainly easier than the Boulez Sonatine?). Score and Parts for The Hammered Wind Dances I for Flute and Piano - IMSLP.org The Hammered Wind Dances I for Flute and Piano - Demo Recording Recent performances, include the premiere of my Duo Oscruro for Bass Clarinet and Vibraphone - Bassoon Version in Seville, Spain and the world premiere of my solo horn piece, Laudem Praeco at Morehead State University, by M. Wyatt Elam. Upcoming performances include the bass version of my Tango del Aquelarre, two or three performances of my Tango Milonga, the premiere of my Tango for Solo Violin by Karen Bentley Pollick and the premiere of my new piece for harp and viola, L'appel du large for Harp and Viola by Duo Esprit. [...]



Three New Pieces, Solo Cello/Viola Tango, Tango for Milonga for Trio, Solo Flute Piece

March 18, 2012 04:39 AM

Le Petit Palais, Avignon, France I've got a bunch of exciting news and 5 new pieces, of which I'm only talking about three - so 3 new pieces. Two are finished; they're just being kept secret for the time being. The first new piece, which I'm talking about, is the big new solo cello/viola tango - Tango del Aquelarre. It's the sister piece for my Grand Tango for Solo Violin that I wrote for Karen Bentley Pollick. It's in a similar style, but has some new Baroqueisms that put it over the top. Tango del Aquelarre for Solo Cello/Viola - Synthesized Demo Tango del Aquelarre for Solo Cello - Score Tango del Aquelarre for Solo Viola - Score The second piece, I've recently completed is a short solo flute piece that called à part. It's a meditative piece which uses rhythmic quirks to appear to be 2 voices at once, but without the virtuosity necessary to realize the piece as in my last 3 solo flute pieces. à part for Solo Flute - Synthesized Demo à part for Solo Flute - Score And finally, my big new Tango Milonga for a trio of clarinet, cello and piano. It's a fiery, dramatic tango with a lot of variety in the textures. I've arranged it for clarinet, bass clarinet and piano at a musician's request and I've made an arrangement for piano trio too. All the arrangements are available at my IMSLP page. Here's a demo recording via YouTube. Tango Milonga for Clarinet, Cello and Piano - Cello Part Tango Milonga for Clarinet, Cello and Piano - Clarinet Part Tango Milonga for Clarinet, Cello and Piano - Piano Part Tango Milonga for Clarinet, Cello and Piano - Score And some news, The Hutchins Consort has informed me that they've been in the studio recording my big piece for them, The Song of R'lyeh. I can't wait to hear it, as it's a quasi-orchestral piece with quartertone melodies throughout! Duo Ahlert und Schwab's new CD of American Mandolin and Guitar Music is out on Naxos. You can hear it on Spotify, iTunes, or order it through Amazon. Here's a playlist of all my YouTube performances and a few electronic pieces I've put together. A couple of friends in Paris, violist/composer Nigel Keay and pianist Dora Cantella put together a recording session for my Tango for Viola and Piano and here's the very lively result. Tango for Viola and Piano - Rehearsal Recording Tango for Viola and Piano - Score Tango for Viola and Piano - Viola Part[...]



Four New Pieces, Two New YouTube Videos

December 31, 2011 10:38 AM

Before I get to the new pieces, here's a video of The Twiolins' premiere of my 2 violin piece, Grand Duo. It was performed at Der Alten Synagoge Hirschberg-Leutershause, Germany accompanied by the beautiful Butoh dancer, Damaris Härtl.

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And Kateřina Pavlikova's husband, Vit V. Pavlik, has created a video of live painting to accompany my piece, Par-Delà des Eaux Profondes for Baritone Sax and Electronics.

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Now on to the four new pieces. I've composed 20 pieces this past year! I wrote a very short piece for flute, viola and contrabass, Ainsi l'aube.... It's full of bird songs and string harmonics.

Ainsi l'aube... for Flute, Viola and Contrabass - Synthesized Demo

And I wrote a very dramatic tango for solo violin for Karen Bentley Pollick. The piece came together almost miraculously and Karen already has it under her fingers. It'll be premiered early 2012 and it's already sounding unbelievably good.

Grand Tango for Solo Violin - Score
Grand Tango for Solo Violin - Synthesized Demo




Four World Premieres in the next 30 Days, New Tango for String Quartet and Vol for Solo Flute

September 29, 2011 08:09 AM

My swirling Bach-ish solo flute piece, En un Clin d'Oeil, will be premiered in London by the superb, Camilla Hoitenga, October 30 at the Flute School. It's 1:00PM at The Hall School, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 4NU. She'll be playing it with Sciarrino's transcription of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, which was the piece that inspired me to write it! Also, my monumental guitar and mandolin piece, Bidon Cinque, will be premiered in Bottrop, Germany, November 11 by Duo Ahlert und Schwab. The next week, my Lovecraftian string octet, written for the The Hutchins Consort, will be premiered in La Jolla and Newport Beach on the 18th and 20th respectively. And I've been told my Grand Duo for 2 Violins will be premiered in the next couple of weeks in Mannheim. Also, the Cross Island Ensemble will be performing my Nocturne for Cello and Piano November 1 for their CD release concert: November 1, 8:00 PM: Classical Concert Series, Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY!

I've also finished my 7th String Quartet - a monstrous and dramatic tango! It's about 11 minutes of static drama, flourishes and big climaxes.

Tango for String Quartet (String Quartet #7) - Realization

Tango for String Quartet - Score
Tango for String Quartet - Violin I Part
Tango for String Quartet - Violin II Part
Tango for String Quartet - Viola Part
Tango for String Quartet - Cello Part

And I've also just finished a dramatic and very free solo flute piece, entitled Vol. It's 4 minutes of bird song, Cameroon-inspired funk, and Bach-ish counterpoint.

Vol for Solo Flute - Realization
Vol for Solo Flute - Score




Two New Slow Pieces and a New Spotify Album

September 29, 2011 07:40 AM

This month, I've been working on a few slow pieces, a cello and piano piece, Ballade #2 and a duo for 2 cellos. Both pieces are easier to play than my music normally is and are finished and available.

The Ballade is an 8 minute brooding meditation with a few quirky surprises.

Ballade #2 for Cello and Piano - Score

Ballade #2 for Cello and Piano - Cello Part
Ballade #2 for Cello and Piano - Synthesized Realization

The Duo is a phase-shifting slow expansive piece of 6 minutes with dramatic textural variety.

Duo for 2 Cellos - Score

Duo for 2 Cellos - Cello I Part
Duo for 2 Cellos - Cello II Part
Duo for 2 Cellos - Synthesized Realization

A new album of studio recordings, live instrumental performances, electronic pieces and improvisations, Collections Insolites includes Ranae performed by the Calefax Reed Quintet, Par-Dela des Eaux Profondes for Baritone Sax and Digital Media as performed by Katerina Pavlikova, new recordings of my 19ET piano pieces from 2004 and more.

In other news, Duo Ahlert und Schwab will be premiering my big guitar and mandolin piece, Bidon Cinque, November 11th in Bottrop, Germany. And November 18th and 20th, the Hutchins Consort will be premiering, my octet, The Song of R'lyeh in a concert called most Lovecraftianly, The Four Seasons Meet the Old Gods. Concerts will be Saturday, November 19, 7:30 pm, Neurosciences Institute, La Jolla and Sunday, November 20, 3:00 pm, St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach. And JW Turner, who performed my Quarter Dollar Tones for Solo Cello last Thursday night is headed into the studio to record it. It'll be on his new album coming out next year.




New Tango-Phantasmagoria for Piano Four Hands, IMSLP Site, and Spotify News

September 6, 2011 09:32 AM

La Place du Palais des Papes, Avignon Last month, I picked back up a piece I'd abandoned back in March for piano four hands and transformed it literally into an extravaganza of clusters and crazy scales - my new Tango-Phantasmagoria for Piano Four Hands: Tango-Phantasmagoria for Piano Four Hands Tango-Phantasmagoria for Piano Four Hands - Score Tango-Phantasmagoria for Piano Four Hands - Primo Part Tango-Phantasmagoria for Piano Four Hands - Secondo Part The score to my Tantrum for Toy Piano is now up: Tantrum for Toy Piano - Score Tantrum for Toy Piano - Synthesized Realization I now have all of my scores and parts (almost all to be exact) up on a page at the gigantic music score archive IMSLP.org. There are 100 scores and all of their associated parts. It's organized in a way that makes it a lot easy to access than the very basic directory of pdf's I host here at parnasse.com. Jeffrey Harrington IMSLP Score Page For example, here's the category-walker that lets you peruse my scores through instrumentation, title, or work types: IMSLP Harrington Category Walker I'm very happy to have my album Espace (with added Acid Bach and a few other tracks) on Spotify! This makes 16 tracks I have on Spotify, including my piece, Erg for Mandolin and Guitar from the Nowhere Left to Go album by Duo Ahlert und Schwab. In other news, I've been creating arrangements of my crazy Tango for Woodwind Quintet for saxophone quintet and reed quintet (ala Calefax Reed Quintet). Here are the parts and scores and a new realization. Tango for Saxophone Quintet Tango for Saxophone Quintet Parts and Score at IMSLP.org Tango for Reed Quintet Parts and Score at IMSLP.org Coming up this month, is a new performance by JW Turner of my piece Quarter Dollar Tones for Solo Cello and the premiere of my trumpet, vibes and double bass trio, Trio Diverses in Chicago. Also, the score for my short Blues Intermezzo for Piano is now up: Blues Intermezzo for Piano Score Blues Intermezzo - Synthesized Realization[...]



New Tango for WW5, Tantrum for Toy Piano and Finished Nocturnes for Piano

July 13, 2011 10:14 AM

I've just finished a dense, swirling Tango for Woodwind Quintet. It's 6 minutes of kaleidoscopic tango funk and is a breakthrough for me in my search for a way to use masses of swirling sound within my usual rhythmic and melodic contexts.

Tango for Woodwind Quintet- Synthesized Realization

Tango for Woodwind Quintet - Score
Tango for Woodwind Quintet - Bassoon Part
Tango for Woodwind Quintet - Clarinet Part
Tango for Woodwind Quintet - Flute Part
Tango for Woodwind Quintet - Horn Part
Tango for Woodwind Quintet - Oboe Part

In related news, the Imani Winds Chamber Festival will be showcasing the reed quintet that was premiered in December by the Calefax Reed Quintet at Pan in Amsterdam Ranae for Reed Quintet at a concert during the festival at Juilliard, August 3rd at 7 PM. For more info, look down below for the mention.

I've finally gotten the patience and time together to finish proofing and finalizing the score to my massive 7 piano nocturnes, Oceana. The score(s) are available both as a set and individually:

Oceana - Seven Nocturnes for Piano
Nocturne #1 for Piano - The Song of the Waves on the Shells
Nocturne #2 for Piano - Stars Reflected in the Pitch Black Sea
Nocturne #3 for Piano - Night Rain Sparkles on the Ocean's Skin
Nocturne #4 for Piano - The Moonlit Clouds of a Storm Appear
Nocturne #5 for Piano - Rain Falls on the Still Moonlit Ocean
Nocturne #6 for Piano - A Summer Storm Begins to Rag
Nocturne #7 for Piano - Lament of the Blackened Sea

I've also just finished a piece for toy piano entitled, Tantrum. It was an interesting project for me as I had to reduce my gestures to the simplest shapes in order to make it work. As somebody who's been getting more extravagant in his writing, this was a challenge and the result is a piece, more violent and more belligerent than I've written in years. It's 4 minutes of pounding toy piano mayhem, with the material driven by minor 2nds.

Tantrum for Toy Piano - Synthesized Realization

I'll release the score shortly!




New Grand Duo for 2 Violins, and Passages Rituels for String Quartet and Digital Media

June 3, 2011 08:21 AM

I've finished one of my most intense pieces for 2 instruments that I've ever written, with my new Grand Duo for Two Violins. It's 6 minutes of buzzing, spectral intensity with dramatic and strange quiet moments throughout.

Grand Duo for Two Violins - Synthesized Realization
Grand Duo for Two Violins - Score
Grand Duo for Two Violins - Violin I Part
Grand Duo for Two Violins - Violin II Part

The piece I wrote for a call for scores back in December for string quartet and electronics is now available for listening and download. It's called Passages Rituels for String Quartet and Digital Media and is 8 minutes of melancholy strangeness, full of electronic glissandi and quartertones, erupting in ecstatic climaxes. The electronic part is available for download below and does not require a click track.

Passage Rituels for String Quartet and Digital Media - Synthesized Realization

Passage Rituels for String Quartet and Digital Media - Score
Passage Rituels for String Quartet and Digital Media - Violin I Part
Passage Rituels for String Quartet and Digital Media - Violin II Part
Passage Rituels for String Quartet and Digital Media - Viola Part
Passage Rituels for String Quartet and Digital Media - Cello Part
Passage Rituels for String Quartet and Digital Media - Digital Media Part

I'm currently finishing the editing for my 7 nocturnes for piano that I wrote in 2009-2010. Also, I've been told that two more of my pieces will be going into the studio for commercial recording, my Quarter Dollar Tones for Solo Cello will be recorded by JW Turner and my Nocturne for Cello and Piano will be recorded by the Cross Island Ensemble.

Also, I've switched over to the Yahoo Media Player as you'll notice with the cleaner look here. When you press Play on one of my MP3's you'll notice, at the bottom of the page, a player with a complete playlist. This playlist includes every MP3 on this page which is now over 300 MP3's!