Stephen Jaffe
  • Stephen Jaffe

  • Mary and James H. Semans Professor of Music Composition
  • Music
  • 079 Mary Duke Biddle Music Building
  • Campus Box 90665
  • Phone: (919) 660-3317
  • Fax: (919) 660-3301
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:45 - 9:45 a.m.
  • Homepage
  • Specialties

    • Composition
    • Performance
  • Research Summary

    Composition
  • Research Description

    My recent collaborations have been with the National Symphony Orchestra, The North Carolina Symphony, and the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, and have included orchestral works (Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Poetry of the Piedmont, and Cut Time) as well as chamber music (String Quartet No. 2 ("Sylvan and Aeolian Figures"). Fortunately, I am also able to pursue recording of my music, and to collaborate with other musicians on recording projects. This is ongoing, in particular with the third volume of recordings for Bridge, Inc. issued in May 2008. The recording involved collaboration with the 21st Century Consort (an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution), the North Carolina Symphony, and and the Odense Symphony Orchestra of Denmark. I see my life as a composer involving creation; collaboration, and advocacy for the art of music (including education, curation, and engagement with musical institutions).
  • Education

      • (Terminal),
      • Music,
      • University of Pennsylvania,
      • 1978
      • A.B., summa cum laude, with distinction in Music,
      • Music,
      • University of Pennsylvania,
      • 1977
    • Commissions

      • Light Dances (Chamber Concerto No. 2)
        • 2009
        • Network for New Music, Philadelphia
      • Cíthera mea (Evocations): Spanish Music Notebook para orquesta/for orchestra
        • October, 2008
        • Meymandi Concert Hall/ Progress Ctr for the Arts, Raleigh, NC
        • Grant Llewellyn conducted the orchestra in three performances of this 18' work, October 2-3-4, 2008. The commission was by the North Carolina Symphony and the Nasher Museum of Art. There is a short film prelude by the German visual artist, Thomas Struth which is part of the collaboration.
      • SONATA (in Four Parts)
        • May 17, 2008
        • Kennedy Center Chamber Players
        • Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. David Hardy, cello, Lambert Orkis, piano.
      • Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
        • January 8-10, 2004
        • David Hardy, Cello, National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director
      • Poetry of the Piedmont (Poesis Piementosa)
        • 2006
        • North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Grant Llewellyn, Music Director.
      • String Quartet No. 2 ("Sylvan and Aeolian Figures")
        • 2005
        • Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Commission for Miami Quartet
      • Homage to the Breath: Instrumental and Vocal Meditations for Mezzo soprano and Ten Instruments
        • 2001
        • Barlow Endowment, Brigham Young University and Twentieth Century Consort (Washington, DC)
      • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
        • 1999
        • Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, Stuart Malina Music Director
      • Songs of Turning
        • 1995
        • Oregon Bach Festival and Fromm Foundation, Harvard University
      • Chamber Concerto ("Singing Figures") for Oboe and Six Instruments
        • 1994
        • Orchestra of St. Luke's, New York
    • Compositions Performed

      • Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
        • January 11, 2007
        • Slovenska filharmonjia, David Hardy Cello, Toshiro Yonezu, cond.
      • String Quartet No. 2 ("Sylvan and Aeolian Figures")
        • March, 2006 - April, 2006
        • Miami Quartet, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and other venues
      • CONCERTO for Violoncello and Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin
        • 2004-01-08-2004-01-10
        • Kennedy Center, Washington
    • Residencies

      • Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center
        • 2008
        • Wellesley College
      • Chamber Music Festival of the East
        • 2000
        • Bennington College
      • Composer in Residence
        • 1996
        • Oregon Bach Festival
  • Selected Publications

      • Stephen Jaffe, Volume III. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Poetry of the Piedmont, Homage to the Breath, and Cut Time.
      • Bridge Records,
      • 2008.
      Publication Description

      First Recordings, Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Poetry of the Piedmont, Homage to the Breath, and Cut Time. North Carolina Symphony, Grant Llewellyn, conducting.; 21st Century Consort, Christopher Kendall conducting, Milagro Vargas, mezzo-soprano; Odense Philharmonic, Paul Mann cond., David Hardy, cello solo. (Bridge 9225, 2008).

      • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and Chamber Concerto ("Singing Figures").
      • Bridge Records, Inc. 9141,
      • 2004.
      Publication Description

      see http://www.bridgerec.com

      • First Quartet for string quartet, Ciompi Quartet.
      • American Music for String Quartet,
      • Albany Records, Troy CD 073,
      • 1993.
      • The Rhythm Of The Running Plough, Double Sonata, and Four Songs With Ensemble, Bridge CD BCD 9047. Speculum Musicae, D’Anna Fortunato, Anton Nel, Barry Snyder, Prism Orchestra (1994).
      • The Music of Stephen Jaffe,
      • Bridge Records, Inc.,
      • 1994.
      • (Bridge 9047).
      • Spinoff for guitar, on Newdance: 18 Dances for Guitar Bridge 9084. David Starobin, guitar (1998) Grammy Award Nomination, 1999.
      • Bridge Records, Inc. 9084,
      • 1997.
      • Three Figures and A Ground, Patricia Spencer, flute, Linda Hall, piano.
      • The Now and Present Flute,
      • Neuma 450-88.,
      • 1994.
      • Fort Juniper Songs for soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano, on To Sun, To Feast & To Converse Albany CD (Troy 172). Terry Rhodes, soprano, Ellen Williams, mezzo-soprano, Stephen Jaffe, piano (1995).
      • 1995.
      • Designs and Three Figures and A Ground.
      • AUR (Arizona University Recordings) AUR CD 3123,
      • 2006.
      • (Christine Gustafson, flute, Christopher Deane, percussion and William Anderson, guitar).
      • [web]
      • Stephen Jaffe.
      • Quattro Mani: Kindred Spirits.
      • Bridge,
      • 2008.
      Publication Description

      Contains "Cut-Time Shout" for two pianos

      • Centering, for two violins, Linda Quan, Curtis Macomber, violins. C.R.I. 513.
      • 1983.
      • Impromptu for piano, on Strange Attractors: New American Music for Piano, Albany CD (Troy 231). Patricia Goodson, piano (1997).
      • 1997.
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  • PhD Students

    • Jamie L. Keesecker
      • 2013-present
      • Status: PostPrelim
      • Score: New Compositions with Interactive Media. Article: “In the direction of simultaneous improvisation…” exploring the Bill Evans-Scott-LeFaro-Paul Motian trio’s rehearsals and recordings of 1963.
      • Thesis: New Compositions with Interactive Media
      • Web Page
    • Amy C. Scurria
      • Status: PostPrelim
      • Pearl, an opera based on Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter as retold from the perspective of Pearl (as the grown daughter of the relationship between Hester Prynne and Arthur Dimmesdale). Libretto by Carol Gilligan and Jonathan Gilligan, Sara Jobim, conductor.
      • Thesis: Pearl: An Opera
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    • Paul Leary
      • 2006 -2012
      • Status: Graduated
      • "Song of the Morrígan for Chamber Orchestra, Cries of Revelation for Chorus, Soloists and Large Instrumental Ensemble, and Fragments of a Dream for 5.1 Surround Electronics." Appointed Lecturer, Colby College. Visiting Asst. Professor, Duke University, 2013-14.
      • Thesis: "Song of the Morrígan for Chamber Orchestra, Cries of Revelation for Chorus, Soloists and Large Instrumental Ensemble, and Fragments of a Dream for 5.1 Surround Electronics."
  • Teaching

    • MUSIC 89S.02
      • FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (TOP)
      • Biddle 104
      • TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    • MUSIC 463S.01
      • THEO/PRAC POST-TONAL MUS
      • Biddle 102
      • WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM