Welcome to the website of Joseph Klein — composer, Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Chair of the Division of Composition Studies at the University of North Texas College of Music.
College of Music
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311367
Denton, TX 76203-5017
office: MU 2005
28 January 2014 marked the official release date of Improbable Encounters (innova 873), a two-disc (CD/DVD) collection of works by Joseph Klein.
• Featured speaker for the Philadelphia premiere of Frank Zappa's The Yellow Shark, to be performed by Orchestra 2001 at The Fillmore Philly in March 2018. This event is supported by a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, and will also include programs featuring music by Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, Anton Webern, and Pierre Boulez.
• Academic paper "Practical Applications of D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson’s On Growth and Form on Musical Materials and Structures" will be presented at the On Growth and Form Centenary Conference, 13-15 October 2017 at the University of Dundee (Scotland). The paper includes a discussion of three compositions related to Thompson's works: Occam's Razor, the road in its unfoldings, and Interstices.
• An interview with flutist and UNT colleague Elizabeth McNutt has been posted on her blog site, New Music Pioneer (15 September 2016).
Critical Response to Improbable Encounters:
"Joseph Klein gives us the accumulated creativity of 30 years worth of works in his near-retrospective Improbable Encounters. ... Pathways, Interior Shadows for its 21 minutes of modernist drama and vivid soundscaping is particularly worth hearing in its own right. ... a good impression of a composer who does not stand still but is ever moving forward." — Greg Edwards, Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
"Here’s a special treat for the avant garde, contemporary classical fan. This CD-DVD combo set is a career retrospective of Klein reaching back 30 years, turning this into an audio catalog d’etre. Mainstream pop for people you just don’t get, this stuff is pretty out there." — Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"There are no particular rules that [Klein's] compositional path follows.... [B]esides the apparent range of orchestrations (trombone, flutes), there are incorporated such handy devices as rubber hoses, balloons, chains, hammers, plastic buckets, and various music boxes, from which are produced an atypical 'classical' sound—the kind once known to be used by [German industrial band] Einsturzende Neubauten during the 80s. In any case, it is very interesting music that defies the classical and modern principles, and is closely associated with the electroacoustic and experimental scene, as well as a large part of the noise avant-garde. Recommended for unusual music lovers and those seeking new challenges." — Terapija [original article in Croatian]
• Saturday, 18 November 2017, 7:30 pm: Performance of Der Hinterbringer by flutist Amanda Chavis on Texas New Music Ensemble program; The Rec Room (100 Jackson Street, Houston, TX).
• Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 8:00 pm: Performance of An Unaware Cosmos at the University of North Texas Voertman Concert Hall.
• Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 7:30 pm: Canetti-Menagerie: A Surreal Soirée—performance of Canetti-menagerie and other works inspired by Elias Canetti, featuring UNT faculty soloists; Dallas City Performance Hall (Dallas, TX).
• 22 September 2016: performance of Die Schadhafte by cellist Madeleine Shapiro; Pitman Recital Hall, University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK).
• 20 September 2016: performance of Die Königskünderin by trumpeter John Holt; Union 382, University of North Texas (Denton, TX).
• 19 September 2016: Canetti-menagerie—a program of solo works based on character studies from Elias Canetti's Der Ohrenzeuge, including premiere performances of Die Schadhafte for solo violoncello, Der Tückenfänger for solo basset horn, and Canetti-menagerie, an open-form, semi-improvisational work for mixed chamber ensemble, featuring UNT faculty performers and guest cellist Madeleine Shapiro; University of North Texas Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater (Denton, TX).
• 2 April 2016: performance of Der Ohrenzeuge by flutist Lisa Bost; North Dakota Museum of Art (Grand Forks, ND).
• 30 March 2016: performance of Der Hinterbringer by flutist Elizabeth McNutt; Ruth Gant Recital Hall, St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN).
• 10 March 2016: performance of Der Ohrenzeuge by flutist Lisa Bost; Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra Rush Hour Concert, Faith Lutheran Church (Bismarck, ND).
• 6 March 2016: performance of Interstices by saxophonist Alexander Richards, flutist Cassie Lear, and percussionist Rebekah Ko; University of North Texas Recital Hall (Denton, TX).
• 21 October 2015: performance of An Unaware Cosmos and other recent works at the Janacek Academy of Music & Performing Arts, as part of the New Music Encounters Plus International Music Festival 2015 (Brno, Czech Republic).
• 8 August 2015: performance of Die Sternklare for solo percussion by Jacob Garcia on a Texas New Music Ensemble program (Houston, TX).
• 24 June 2015: performance of Cornell Set at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Abrons Arts Center Playhouse (New York, NY).
• 1 May 2015: performance of Die Sternklare for solo percussion by Jacob Garcia at UNT Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater (Denton, TX).
• 15 September 2014: performance of Der Schönheitsmolch for solo bass saxophone by Eric Nestler at UNT Recital Hall (Denton, TX).
• 6 October 2014: performance of Der Schönheitsmolch for solo bass saxophone by Eric Nestler at UNT Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater (Denton, TX).
• 10 November 2014: performance of Interstices, for flute, saxophone, and percussion by Kristan Dewhirst, Greg Dewhirst, and Joseph Klein at UNT Recital Hall (Denton, TX).
• 29 April 2014: performance of Interstices, for flute, saxophone, and percussion by Kristan and Greg Dewhirst at Tarrant County College Southeast (Arlington, TX).
• 27 April 2014: performance of Der Demutsahne by guitarist Michael Morey on a guest artist recital at Tarrant County College Northeast (Hurst, TX).
• 22 April 2014: performance of Der Demutsahne by guitarist Michael Morey on a guest artist recital at Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX).
• 21 March 2014: premiere performance of Interstices, for flute, saxophone, and percussion by Kristan Dewhirst, Greg Dewhirst, and Peter Ferry at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference; Smith Recital Hall, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, IL).
• 18 March 2014: Faculty recital — works by Joseph Klein, featuring three premieres (Der Hinterbringer, for solo piccolo; Pathways: Revolution, for solo percussion and chamber orchestra; and An Unaware Cosmos, for mixed chamber ensembles) and performances by Christopher Deane, Elizabeth McNutt, Kyle Stec, Susan Dubois, Steven Harlos, and Steven Morscheck; University of North Texas Voertman Concert Hall (Denton, TX).
• 3 November 2013: Performance of Lament, for string orchestra, by the Lewisville Lake Symphony (Adron Ming, director); MCL Grand Theater (Lewisville, TX).
• 1 November 2013: Performance of Lament, in a transcription for historical instruments by Paul Leenhouts, at the University of North Texas Voertman Concert Hall (Denton, TX).
• 19 October 2013: Performance of Cornell Set at the 34th Annual Bowling Green State University New Music Festival; Bryan Recital Hall, BGSU (Bowling Green, OH).
• 5 October 2013: Performance of Die Brücke (from Zwei Parabeln nach Franz Kafka) at the CEMIcircles Festival (50th Anniversary of the Center for Experimental Music & Intermedia); University of North Texas Voertman Hall (Denton, TX).
• 22 April 2013: Performance of Der Demutsahne at University of North Texas (Denton, TX).
• 20 October 2012: Performance of Cornell Set at Living Arts' OK Electric Festival (307 E. Brady St., Tulsa OK).
• 26 May 2012: Performance of Cornell Set, Die Tischtuchtolle, and Der Demutsahne at Sichuan Conservatory of Music (Chengdu, China).
• 23 April 2012: Performance of Parallaxes at University of North Texas (Denton, TX).
• 1 March 2012: Performance of Cornell Set at Connecticut College (New London, CT) for the 13th Biennial Arts and Technology Symposium
• 31 October 2011: Performance of 3 Haiku, on IRAMA program at the University of North Texas Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater.
• 3 October 2011: Performance of Cornell Set (four poems with computer music), on CEMI Centerpieces program at the University of North Texas Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater.
• 16 September 2011: Performance of Die Tischtuchtolle by Felix Olschofka (violin), on a faculty recital at the University of North Texas Voertman Hall.
• 18 May 2011: Performance of Der Ohrenzeuge by Lisa Bost-Sandberg (bass flute), on guest recital at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (Appleton, WI).
• 25 April 2011: Performance of Der Ohrenzeuge by Lisa Bost-Sandberg (bass flute), on Spectrum program (University of North Texas Recital Hall).
• 13-15 April 2011: Residency at Cornell University Department of English, including premiere performance of Cornell Set, an electroacoustic setting of four poems by MFA students in the Creative Writing Program, and Three Poems from Felt with poet Alice Fulton (15 April 2011 at 7:00 pm, McGraw Hall 165, Cornell University).
• 7 March 2011: Performances of Die Königskünderin by John Holt (trumpet) and Der Leidverweser by Kathleen Reynolds (contrabassoon), on Spectrum program (University of North Texas Recital Hall).
• 6 March 2011: House Salon program sponsored by Voices of Change at the home of Drs. Donald and Ellen Seldin (Dallas, TX), featuring five solo works based on character studies of Elias Canetti. Performers include Maria Schleuning (violin), John Holt (trumpet), Lisa Bost-Sandberg (bass flute), Kathleen Reynolds (contrabassoon), and Christopher Deane (percussion).
• 9 February 2011: Performance of Leviathan for male voice, bass trombone, and intermedia, performed by Jeffrey Snider and Jeremiah Stones at the University of North Texas Voertman Hall.
• 22 January 2011: Performance of Der Leichenschleicher for solo contrabass by Adam Goodwin at the UC San Diego Sonic Diasporas Alumni Festival & Symposium (La Jolla, CA).
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