Today, Tanglewood's Fromm Players will perform brand new miniatures written by the composition fellows at the Tanglewood Music Center. The composers were assigned the task of writing three pieces in three days for three different duo ensembles: violin & viola (day one), clarinet & cello (day two), and violin & piano (day three). Natalie's new pieces make up a set: Three Mountain Miniatures, I. "The Ravens of Unresting Thought", II. Lament for Clarinet & Cello, III. Reeling.
BMI published a lovely write-up on the 2015 Tanglewood Composition Fellowship. You can read it here.
Strains in the Signal (2014) for clarinets, violin, cello, and piano will be premiered at the Tanglewood Music Center on July 12, 2015.
Natalie has been selected to be a composer fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center during the summer of 2015.
"Deflected Harmlessly into the Ceiling" received a positive mention in a review by Christopher Hyde in the Portland Press Herald of the first concert of the 2014 Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music: "The avant garde was represented by 'Deflected Harmlessly into the Ceiling,' by Natalie Draper, a solo virtuoso display carried off brilliantly by Ju Hee Kang on flute. The variations of a jagged rhythmical motif gave the impression of a ricochet, or a hard ball bouncing off the walls of a squash court until it comes harmlessly to rest."
Deflected Harmlessly into the Ceiling (2013; solo flute) will be performed by Ju Hee Kang at the Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music in Brunswick, Maine on Thursday, July 31st, at 7:30 p.m. The Charles E. Gamper Festival is part of the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Deflected Harmlessly into the Ceiling was originally composed as part of a collaboration between the composition department and the flute department at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.
Natalie will be a participant and Resident Assistant at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Brunswick, Maine during the summer of 2014.