Catherine Neville

Catherine Neville

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Composing since 2017, Catherine Neville’s music has premiered in New York City, Seattle, Moscow, Birmingham, Alabama, as well as several venues on Long Island, New York. In 2019, Mrs. Neville was a featured composer at the “The Muse’s Voice” concert series at Barnard College.
During the Covid-19 quarantine of 2020, Mrs. Neville’s music was selected by the Quintessential Quintet for their virtual residency, and her “Danses” for solo violin premiered in July in the “Spread Spectrum” online music festival.
A freelance clarinetist, Mrs. Neville has performed with several chamber and orchestral ensembles in the New York City area. As an educator with nearly 20 years in the classroom, Mrs. Neville has taught instrumental and classroom music for children of all ages.
Mrs. Neville currently studies with Jeff Nichols at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens, New York. She holds a Master of Science in Education from Hofstra University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Stony Brook, where she was the winner of the Concerto Competition. Mrs. Neville studied clarinet with Fan Lei, Deborah Chodacki, Gregg Miller, and Lawrence Sobol, and has participated in masterclasses for Michael Webster, Stephen Williamson and Charles Niedich.

Danses, for Solo Violin

Year: 2020

Duration (in minutes): 4 min

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: solo string instrument

Instruments: violin

Description: Commissioned and premiered by Dan Flanagan, after an 1898 lithograph of the same name by Fantin-Latour. This work for solo violin depicts the flowing movement of the woman in the lithograph.

Autumn, for Chamber Orchestra

Year: 2020

Duration (in minutes): 6 min

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players

Instruments: any brass, any string, any woodwind, bassoon, clarinet, contrabass, flute, horn, trombone, trumpet, viola, violin

Score PDF: neville_autumn_full_score-5.pdf

Description: Created with hiking in mind, this music expresses the memory of walking in the woods in the fall.

Prelude for Organ

Year: 2020

Duration (in minutes): 5 min

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: solo instrument other than piano

Instruments: organ

Description: Composed in December of 2020, this piece depicts the grief and anger of surviving during a pandemic.

Dreams/Take Heart

Year: 2020

Duration (in minutes): 4 min

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: dreams.take_heart_-_full_score-5.pdf

Description: An art song for soprano and piano using poetry by Langston Hughes, "Dreams," published 1922, and "Take Heart," Madison Julius Cawein, published 1913. Composed in March of 2020, this song is a reminder to us all that spring will come again.
Dreams - BY LANGSTON HUGHES
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Take Heart - BY MADISON JULIUS CAWEIN
Take heart again. Joy may be lost awhile.
It is not always Spring.
And even now from some far Summer Isle
Hither the birds may wing.

Leaving This Earthly Plane

Year: 2020

Duration (in minutes): 6 min

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, any woodwind, cello, flute, viola, violin

Score PDF: leaving_this_earthly_plane_-_full_score-5.pdf

Description: For flute and string trio, this music reflects a soul's journey into another world. From a somber beginning, the soul dances joyfully to a better place.

BIOGRAPHY
Composing since 2017, Catherine Neville’s music has premiered in New York City, Seattle, Moscow, Birmingham, Alabama, as well as several venues on Long Island, New York. In 2019, Mrs. Neville was a featured composer at the “The Muse’s Voice” concert series at Barnard College.
During the Covid-19 quarantine of 2020, Mrs. Neville’s music was selected by the Quintessential Quintet for their virtual residency, and her “Danses” for solo violin premiered in July in the “Spread Spectrum” online music festival.
A freelance clarinetist, Mrs. Neville has performed with several chamber and orchestral ensembles in the New York City area. As an educator with nearly 20 years in the classroom, Mrs. Neville has taught instrumental and classroom music for children of all ages.
Mrs. Neville currently studies with Jeff Nichols at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens, New York. She holds a Master of Science in Education from Hofstra University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Stony Brook, where she was the winner of the Concerto Competition. Mrs. Neville studied clarinet with Fan Lei, Deborah Chodacki, Gregg Miller, and Lawrence Sobol, and has participated in masterclasses for Michael Webster, Stephen Williamson and Charles Niedich.
COMPOSITIONS

Danses, for Solo Violin

Year: 2020

Duration (in minutes): 4 min

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: solo string instrument

Instruments: violin

Description: Commissioned and premiered by Dan Flanagan, after an 1898 lithograph of the same name by Fantin-Latour. This work for solo violin depicts the flowing movement of the woman in the lithograph.

Autumn, for Chamber Orchestra

Year: 2020

Duration (in minutes): 6 min

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players

Instruments: any brass, any string, any woodwind, bassoon, clarinet, contrabass, flute, horn, trombone, trumpet, viola, violin

Score PDF: neville_autumn_full_score-5.pdf

Description: Created with hiking in mind, this music expresses the memory of walking in the woods in the fall.

Prelude for Organ

Year: 2020

Duration (in minutes): 5 min

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: solo instrument other than piano

Instruments: organ

Description: Composed in December of 2020, this piece depicts the grief and anger of surviving during a pandemic.

Dreams/Take Heart

Year: 2020

Duration (in minutes): 4 min

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: solo voice(s) with piano

Score PDF: dreams.take_heart_-_full_score-5.pdf

Description: An art song for soprano and piano using poetry by Langston Hughes, "Dreams," published 1922, and "Take Heart," Madison Julius Cawein, published 1913. Composed in March of 2020, this song is a reminder to us all that spring will come again.
Dreams - BY LANGSTON HUGHES
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Take Heart - BY MADISON JULIUS CAWEIN
Take heart again. Joy may be lost awhile.
It is not always Spring.
And even now from some far Summer Isle
Hither the birds may wing.

Leaving This Earthly Plane

Year: 2020

Duration (in minutes): 6 min

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: any string, any woodwind, cello, flute, viola, violin

Score PDF: leaving_this_earthly_plane_-_full_score-5.pdf

Description: For flute and string trio, this music reflects a soul's journey into another world. From a somber beginning, the soul dances joyfully to a better place.

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