Jennifer Mary Castellano

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Jennifer Mary Castellano

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Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Manhattanville College and a Master of Music at Purchase College. She has studied classical piano with Donna DeAngelis, Catherine Coppola, and Flora Kuan. Teachers of composition include Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Huang Ruo and Joel Thome. Besides her great love of birds, many of her compositions reveal her philosophy regarding the similarities between sound and color as well as music and visual imagery. Such works include Spectrum: Seven Preludes for Piano and Bionic Birds, an electronic, audio-visual presentation. Jennifer is a member of Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, Piano Society and is Secretary/PR Coordinator for New York Women Composers.

Revelations

Year: 2011

Duration (in minutes): 10

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players

Instruments: any brass, any string, any woodwind, bassoon, cello, clarinet, contrabass, flute, horn, oboe, viola, violin

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: Revelations was completed in May 2010 and was written for the North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra conducted by Max Lifchitz. The piece was inspired by the music of Alan Hovhaness and infused with excerpts from a lost piano fantasy that I had written many years before. The work carries the title Revelations since the themes came to me prior to falling asleep.

Sketches

Year: 2009

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Category: piano

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: Sketches is a collection of three piano pieces, each suggesting a general image or picture to the listener. The work was written for Max Lifchitz, pianist, composer, conductor and founder of North/South Consonance, an organization devoted to performance and recording of contemporary music from the Americas. Max gave the world premiere performance of Sketches in April 2010 at Christ and St. Stephen's Church in New York City. The first piece in the collection, “Escapade”, is a playful piece that takes the listener on a lighthearted adventure. The next piece, “Daydream”, is more relaxed and carries this title because of the manner in which ideas came to me. The last piece, “Tarantella”, is my way of paying homage to my Italian roots. The tarantella, is a lively, whirling southern Italian dance for couples usually in 6/8 time.

I Am

Year: 2008

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: choral

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: I Am, for SATB choir and organ, was completed was completed in spring 2008 during my graduate studies at Purchase College. The piece was written for the Purchase College Choir. I Am is a personification of music and describes the very nature of this art form. The text is written in first person from the point of view of music.

Brass Ring

Year: 2007

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: orchestra and chamber orchestra

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: Grabbing the brass ring or reaching for the brass ring is an expression commonly used today which refers to striving toward a goal or prize. This expression originated from the carousel game. Typically rings were hung off to the side of the carousel and the object was for everyone to stretch out as far as they could and grab one. Some of the rings were steel and some were brass. If one were fortunate to grab one of the brass rings, he/she won a prize: another ride on the carousel for free!
This work was for me, a golden opportunity since I had never written a work for a brass group like this. Once I was offered the chance, I immediately began working toward my goal of composing a piece for this exceptional brass group. Brass Ring consists of three sections. The first section is based on a rhythmic theme while the second section is based on a theme slightly mellower. The third and final section is a return to the first section with some ideas varied. Thus, this brass work is “round” in structure as well.

Spectrum: Seven Preludes for Piano

Year: 2006

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Imagine Music Publishing

Description: Spectrum: Seven Preludes for Piano was inspired by a work by the American artist, Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923). The composer writes, "When I was a freshman in college, I saw his work entitled Spectrum at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The work consisted of thirteen large panels, and each contained a different color or shade of color. The first panel was yellow and the last was yellow. To me this work was a visual representation of a chromatic scale played one full octave up the piano keyboard. Five years after the magnificent sighting at the Met, I decided that I wanted to make an audio representation of the seven colors of the rainbow, each represented by a different tonality or pitch center: A being red, B orange, C yellow, D green, E blue, F indigo, and G violet."
Spectrum abandons the use of the conventional major-minor key systems and instead uses a scale which the composer invented called the Castellonian Mode. In it’s original form the scale is spelled C D E F G G# (or Ab) A Bb C. The sound of this new tonal system exhibits both major and minor-like qualities and yet has a new sonority of its own. The Castellonian Mode was invented in the summer of 2004 and has served as the basis of many of her tonal compositions.

Snapshots

Year: 2006

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: percussion ensemble, percussion quartet, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: percussion

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: Snapshots is a collectiono of five short pieces. The percussion instruments used in this piece are all everyday objects that can be found anywhere. These “instruments” include glass jars, tin cans, a plastic bucket, and a large wooden block. They were chosen for their varied timbres and individual sounds.

Confliticing Colors (IV. "Black and Blue"

Year: 2004

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;05'39;'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: Conflicting Colors was inspired by a painting, Contrasting Sounds by the Russian abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), The composition was, for me, my first major exploration of color and sound. The piano work originally consisted of three short pieces; a fourth was added later on, which is the one featured here. In this piece, as well as the others, the idea of conflicting colors is used to illustrate the concept of bitonality or the use of two different tonalities sounding simultaneously.

To Scriabin

Year: 2003

Duration (in minutes): 2

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: While a student studying music at Manhattanville College, the music and ideas of Alexander Scriabin inspired me to compose this work. Completed in 2003, this piece was a way for me to pay homage to the composer. Scriabin had always envisioned a unification of all the arts, especially, the unification of music and color. He based many of his later compositions on a six-note chord, which he called the "mystic" chord (spelled C F# Bb E A D). The pitches of the "mystic chord are used as the basis of this composition

Year: 2022

Megan Ihnen, mezzo-soprano
Marianne Parker piano
Jennifer Castellano's Mine to Keep
Text by Helen Keller

Composers: Dawn Sonntag, Jason Huffman, Andrew Lewinter, Gregory W. Brown composer David W. Solomons, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Ferdinando DeSena, Jennifer Castellano, Danya Katok, Charles Corey, Jesse Guessford

Label: Navona

Label's Website: https://www.navonarecords.com/

Product ID: NV6443

Buy URL: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=currents+in+time+megan+ihnen&crid=3AH3RV53089GY&sprefix=currents+in+time+megan+ihnen%2Caps%2C54&ref=nb_sb_noss

Buy URL 2: https://music.apple.com/us/album/currents-in-time/1629687997

Year: 2019

Sirius Quartet
Fung Chern Hwei, violin
Gregor Huebner violin
Ron Lawrence, viola
Jeremy Harman cello

Jennifer Castellano's Images by Paul Klee

Composers: Jennifer Castellano, Ian Erickson; Brian Field; Marga Richter; Mari Tamaki

Label: Navona

Label's Website: https://www.navonarecords.com/

Product ID: NV6249

Buy URL: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VFQNWPJ

Buy URL 2: https://music.apple.com/us/album/playing-on-the-edge/1476879379

Images

"Images is a precisely crafted series of miniatures, meticulously played, that artfully evoke the composer’s surroundings, both at home and abroad." - Paul Muller, Sequenza21


Album Notes


Completed in June 2014, Winging It was inspired by none other than my two small, female parrots, Sunny and Nikki. This avian-inspired piece is in three sections. The outer sections are in 7/8 and consist of rhythmic themes, while the middle section switches to 4/4 with more playful, lyrical melodies. Three was also written in 2014, and its title refers to the meter of 3/4 and its three-part form. This piece is similar in style to a jazz waltz with its swing and syncopated rhythms.



Peaceful Pause, Avian Adventures and Modern Dance were commissioned by the New Jersey Music Teachers Association (NJMTA) in 2012. These three compositions were written for student pianists and vary in level of technical difficulty. Peaceful Pause (elementary level) is a calm piece in which the listener has a moment to experience inner quiet. Avian Adventures (intermediate level), inspired again by my two avian companions, is light and playful; it depicts the chatty and childlike qualities of these wonderful creatures. Modern Dance (advanced level) is a rhythmic and upbeat piece that came out of the blue one day while I was improvising at the piano. The syncopated rhythms heard in the opening come from the happy and rhythmic calls of my feathered friends. The piece, however, is not about parrots or birds, but simply a fun, celebratory 21st century dance.



Avoiding Time (2015) is a rhythmic and percussive composition based on a short rhythmic motive that is set in different harmonic environments. The piece has a "stop and go" feel to it, which reflects my own failed attempts to both "hang on" to time and keep up with it.



Cool Cats (2013) was written for radio host and pianist, Marvin Rosen, a champion of music written by living composers. Marvin is known to many as "Fred the Cat" because of the title of his first piano recording, featuring the music of Alan Hovhaness, Marvin's mentor and friend. Marvin has a great love for cats and so it seemed appropriate for me to write this composition. for him and his four feline companions, Mimi, Poo-Poo, Pix and Puszek. The piece is calm and relaxed and has a lullaby quality.



Early in 2015, I made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with members of my church where we visited various historic and holy places. This wonderful trip was the inspiration behind Images, a collection of seven piano pieces, each inspired by either a specific place, moment or feeling during my visit. "In the Beginning" sounds like a reference to the first verse in the Book of Genesis, but this piece was inspired by my feelings of joy upon arrival at the airport in the city of Tel Aviv. "Prayer at Dawn" relates to our joining together in group prayer and celebrating daily Mass at various churches and shrines. "By the River" refers to the Jordan River where we renewed our baptismal vows. "Joyful Encounters" not only alludes to the many kind and interesting people whom I met during my visit, but my wish to experience a spiritual encounter of some kind with the Lord as well. "View of the City" was inspired by the magnificent view of the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, and "The Garden" refers to the Garden of Gethsemane. Finally, "Dancing on Water" was influenced by a joyous boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where we danced to traditional Israeli folk music.

Composers: Jennifer Castellano

Label: Jennifer Castellano

Label's Website: www.CastellanoMusic.net

Product ID: 1.90E+11

Buy URL: http://cdbaby.com/cd/jennifercastellano2

Hear This! Music from the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss

Year: 2013

This CD is an anthology of musical works performed by six musicians from the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss (http://www.aamhl.org)
Musical works performed span a wide range of genres - classical, jazz and folk music.
J. S. Bach, J. Brahms, A. Scriabin, G. Gershwin,, J. Valentino and E. Lala, B. O'Connell, J. Rodrogo, Y. Yocoh
Jennifer Castellano's performances are included on this recording.

Composers: Jennifer Castellano

Label: AAMHL, Inc

Label's Website: https://www.musicianswithhearingloss.org/wp/

Product ID: B00EYO2A2O

Buy URL: http://www.amazon.com/Music-Association-Adult-Musicians-Hearing/dp/B00EYO2A2O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1380662065&sr=8-1&keywords=association+of+adult+musicians+with+hearing+loss

Spectrum - Piano Music Composed and Performed by Jennifer Castellano

A collection of works for solo piano - some which are rhythmic and energetic and others that are more melodic

Composers: Jennifer Castellano

Label: Jennifer Castellano

Label's Website: www.CastellanoMusic.net

Product ID: 6.41E+11

Buy URL: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jennifercastellano

Buy URL 2: http://www.amazon.com/Spectrum-Performed-Composed-Jennifer-Castellano/dp/B005MGB5SI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316439374&sr=8-1

Child in the Garden: Contemporary Piano Music for Piano 4 Hands

A unique collection of music from the 20th and 21st centuries including works from Italy, Estonia, Latvia and the United States.
Piano Duo Venti Dita
Jennifer Castellano and Marvin Rosen

Composers: Jennifer Castellano, and others

Label: Piano Duo Venti Dita

Label's Website: www.CastellanoMusic.net

Product ID: 8.85E+11

Buy URL: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/pianoduoventidita

BIOGRAPHY
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Manhattanville College and a Master of Music at Purchase College. She has studied classical piano with Donna DeAngelis, Catherine Coppola, and Flora Kuan. Teachers of composition include Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Huang Ruo and Joel Thome. Besides her great love of birds, many of her compositions reveal her philosophy regarding the similarities between sound and color as well as music and visual imagery. Such works include Spectrum: Seven Preludes for Piano and Bionic Birds, an electronic, audio-visual presentation. Jennifer is a member of Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, Piano Society and is Secretary/PR Coordinator for New York Women Composers.
COMPOSITIONS

Revelations

Year: 2011

Duration (in minutes): 10

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: larger chamber ensembles - more than 4 players

Instruments: any brass, any string, any woodwind, bassoon, cello, clarinet, contrabass, flute, horn, oboe, viola, violin

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: Revelations was completed in May 2010 and was written for the North/South Consonance Chamber Orchestra conducted by Max Lifchitz. The piece was inspired by the music of Alan Hovhaness and infused with excerpts from a lost piano fantasy that I had written many years before. The work carries the title Revelations since the themes came to me prior to falling asleep.

Sketches

Year: 2009

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Category: piano

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: Sketches is a collection of three piano pieces, each suggesting a general image or picture to the listener. The work was written for Max Lifchitz, pianist, composer, conductor and founder of North/South Consonance, an organization devoted to performance and recording of contemporary music from the Americas. Max gave the world premiere performance of Sketches in April 2010 at Christ and St. Stephen's Church in New York City. The first piece in the collection, “Escapade”, is a playful piece that takes the listener on a lighthearted adventure. The next piece, “Daydream”, is more relaxed and carries this title because of the manner in which ideas came to me. The last piece, “Tarantella”, is my way of paying homage to my Italian roots. The tarantella, is a lively, whirling southern Italian dance for couples usually in 6/8 time.

I Am

Year: 2008

Duration (in minutes): 4'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: choral

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: I Am, for SATB choir and organ, was completed was completed in spring 2008 during my graduate studies at Purchase College. The piece was written for the Purchase College Choir. I Am is a personification of music and describes the very nature of this art form. The text is written in first person from the point of view of music.

Brass Ring

Year: 2007

Duration (in minutes): 7'39;

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: orchestra and chamber orchestra

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: Grabbing the brass ring or reaching for the brass ring is an expression commonly used today which refers to striving toward a goal or prize. This expression originated from the carousel game. Typically rings were hung off to the side of the carousel and the object was for everyone to stretch out as far as they could and grab one. Some of the rings were steel and some were brass. If one were fortunate to grab one of the brass rings, he/she won a prize: another ride on the carousel for free!
This work was for me, a golden opportunity since I had never written a work for a brass group like this. Once I was offered the chance, I immediately began working toward my goal of composing a piece for this exceptional brass group. Brass Ring consists of three sections. The first section is based on a rhythmic theme while the second section is based on a theme slightly mellower. The third and final section is a return to the first section with some ideas varied. Thus, this brass work is “round” in structure as well.

Spectrum: Seven Preludes for Piano

Year: 2006

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Imagine Music Publishing

Description: Spectrum: Seven Preludes for Piano was inspired by a work by the American artist, Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923). The composer writes, "When I was a freshman in college, I saw his work entitled Spectrum at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The work consisted of thirteen large panels, and each contained a different color or shade of color. The first panel was yellow and the last was yellow. To me this work was a visual representation of a chromatic scale played one full octave up the piano keyboard. Five years after the magnificent sighting at the Met, I decided that I wanted to make an audio representation of the seven colors of the rainbow, each represented by a different tonality or pitch center: A being red, B orange, C yellow, D green, E blue, F indigo, and G violet."
Spectrum abandons the use of the conventional major-minor key systems and instead uses a scale which the composer invented called the Castellonian Mode. In it’s original form the scale is spelled C D E F G G# (or Ab) A Bb C. The sound of this new tonal system exhibits both major and minor-like qualities and yet has a new sonority of its own. The Castellonian Mode was invented in the summer of 2004 and has served as the basis of many of her tonal compositions.

Snapshots

Year: 2006

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: percussion ensemble, percussion quartet, small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players

Instruments: percussion

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: Snapshots is a collectiono of five short pieces. The percussion instruments used in this piece are all everyday objects that can be found anywhere. These “instruments” include glass jars, tin cans, a plastic bucket, and a large wooden block. They were chosen for their varied timbres and individual sounds.

Confliticing Colors (IV. "Black and Blue"

Year: 2004

Duration (in minutes): 1'39;05'39;'39;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: Conflicting Colors was inspired by a painting, Contrasting Sounds by the Russian abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), The composition was, for me, my first major exploration of color and sound. The piano work originally consisted of three short pieces; a fourth was added later on, which is the one featured here. In this piece, as well as the others, the idea of conflicting colors is used to illustrate the concept of bitonality or the use of two different tonalities sounding simultaneously.

To Scriabin

Year: 2003

Duration (in minutes): 2

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: piano

Publisher: Castellano Music

Description: While a student studying music at Manhattanville College, the music and ideas of Alexander Scriabin inspired me to compose this work. Completed in 2003, this piece was a way for me to pay homage to the composer. Scriabin had always envisioned a unification of all the arts, especially, the unification of music and color. He based many of his later compositions on a six-note chord, which he called the "mystic" chord (spelled C F# Bb E A D). The pitches of the "mystic chord are used as the basis of this composition

CDs

Year: 2022

Megan Ihnen, mezzo-soprano
Marianne Parker piano
Jennifer Castellano's Mine to Keep
Text by Helen Keller

Composers: Dawn Sonntag, Jason Huffman, Andrew Lewinter, Gregory W. Brown composer David W. Solomons, Regina Harris Baiocchi, Ferdinando DeSena, Jennifer Castellano, Danya Katok, Charles Corey, Jesse Guessford

Label: Navona

Label's Website: https://www.navonarecords.com/

Product ID: NV6443

Buy URL 2: https://music.apple.com/us/album/currents-in-time/1629687997

Year: 2019

Sirius Quartet
Fung Chern Hwei, violin
Gregor Huebner violin
Ron Lawrence, viola
Jeremy Harman cello

Jennifer Castellano's Images by Paul Klee

Composers: Jennifer Castellano, Ian Erickson; Brian Field; Marga Richter; Mari Tamaki

Label: Navona

Label's Website: https://www.navonarecords.com/

Product ID: NV6249

Buy URL 2: https://music.apple.com/us/album/playing-on-the-edge/1476879379

Images

"Images is a precisely crafted series of miniatures, meticulously played, that artfully evoke the composer’s surroundings, both at home and abroad." - Paul Muller, Sequenza21


Album Notes


Completed in June 2014, Winging It was inspired by none other than my two small, female parrots, Sunny and Nikki. This avian-inspired piece is in three sections. The outer sections are in 7/8 and consist of rhythmic themes, while the middle section switches to 4/4 with more playful, lyrical melodies. Three was also written in 2014, and its title refers to the meter of 3/4 and its three-part form. This piece is similar in style to a jazz waltz with its swing and syncopated rhythms.



Peaceful Pause, Avian Adventures and Modern Dance were commissioned by the New Jersey Music Teachers Association (NJMTA) in 2012. These three compositions were written for student pianists and vary in level of technical difficulty. Peaceful Pause (elementary level) is a calm piece in which the listener has a moment to experience inner quiet. Avian Adventures (intermediate level), inspired again by my two avian companions, is light and playful; it depicts the chatty and childlike qualities of these wonderful creatures. Modern Dance (advanced level) is a rhythmic and upbeat piece that came out of the blue one day while I was improvising at the piano. The syncopated rhythms heard in the opening come from the happy and rhythmic calls of my feathered friends. The piece, however, is not about parrots or birds, but simply a fun, celebratory 21st century dance.



Avoiding Time (2015) is a rhythmic and percussive composition based on a short rhythmic motive that is set in different harmonic environments. The piece has a "stop and go" feel to it, which reflects my own failed attempts to both "hang on" to time and keep up with it.



Cool Cats (2013) was written for radio host and pianist, Marvin Rosen, a champion of music written by living composers. Marvin is known to many as "Fred the Cat" because of the title of his first piano recording, featuring the music of Alan Hovhaness, Marvin's mentor and friend. Marvin has a great love for cats and so it seemed appropriate for me to write this composition. for him and his four feline companions, Mimi, Poo-Poo, Pix and Puszek. The piece is calm and relaxed and has a lullaby quality.



Early in 2015, I made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with members of my church where we visited various historic and holy places. This wonderful trip was the inspiration behind Images, a collection of seven piano pieces, each inspired by either a specific place, moment or feeling during my visit. "In the Beginning" sounds like a reference to the first verse in the Book of Genesis, but this piece was inspired by my feelings of joy upon arrival at the airport in the city of Tel Aviv. "Prayer at Dawn" relates to our joining together in group prayer and celebrating daily Mass at various churches and shrines. "By the River" refers to the Jordan River where we renewed our baptismal vows. "Joyful Encounters" not only alludes to the many kind and interesting people whom I met during my visit, but my wish to experience a spiritual encounter of some kind with the Lord as well. "View of the City" was inspired by the magnificent view of the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, and "The Garden" refers to the Garden of Gethsemane. Finally, "Dancing on Water" was influenced by a joyous boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where we danced to traditional Israeli folk music.

Composers: Jennifer Castellano

Label: Jennifer Castellano

Label's Website: www.CastellanoMusic.net

Product ID: 1.90E+11

Hear This! Music from the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss

Year: 2013

This CD is an anthology of musical works performed by six musicians from the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss (http://www.aamhl.org)
Musical works performed span a wide range of genres - classical, jazz and folk music.
J. S. Bach, J. Brahms, A. Scriabin, G. Gershwin,, J. Valentino and E. Lala, B. O'Connell, J. Rodrogo, Y. Yocoh
Jennifer Castellano's performances are included on this recording.

Composers: Jennifer Castellano

Label: AAMHL, Inc

Label's Website: https://www.musicianswithhearingloss.org/wp/

Product ID: B00EYO2A2O

Spectrum - Piano Music Composed and Performed by Jennifer Castellano

A collection of works for solo piano - some which are rhythmic and energetic and others that are more melodic

Composers: Jennifer Castellano

Label: Jennifer Castellano

Label's Website: www.CastellanoMusic.net

Product ID: 6.41E+11

Buy URL 2: http://www.amazon.com/Spectrum-Performed-Composed-Jennifer-Castellano/dp/B005MGB5SI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316439374&sr=8-1

Child in the Garden: Contemporary Piano Music for Piano 4 Hands

A unique collection of music from the 20th and 21st centuries including works from Italy, Estonia, Latvia and the United States.
Piano Duo Venti Dita
Jennifer Castellano and Marvin Rosen

Composers: Jennifer Castellano, and others

Label: Piano Duo Venti Dita

Label's Website: www.CastellanoMusic.net

Product ID: 8.85E+11

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