Hello and welcome to the official Don Freund website. As a composer Don Freund is internationally recognized for his works ranging from solo, chamber, and orchestral music to pieces involving live performances with electronic instruments, music for dance, as well as large theater works. He is also active as a pianist, conductor, and lecturer. And as a festival coordinator, he has programmed over 1,000 new American works. Along with his various artistic activities, Don Freund has taught composition for over 40 years and is currently a professor of composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
String Academy Final Concert
Premiere of “Groundwork” for Open String Orchestra
Festival Chamber Players: 30th Anniversary Concert for Summer String Academy. Premiere of Commissioned work “Hearing in 3V,” for three violins.
Memorial Union, State Room East
More than any other art form, music exists only in the perception of the beholder. The meaning and emotional power of any musical experience is completely dependent on the listener’s ability to recognize and remember details of sound events, and identify relationships and predict (rightly or wrongly) how these events play out as a piece of music progresses. Using examples from the music of Bach and Beethoven and my own music, we’ll examine how composers make use of the many resources found in the various dimensions of music to invite the engagement needed for music to exist in its most important dimension: the mind of the listener.
I am delighted to announce the YouTube postings of two versions of my song cycle Medicine Wheel. Medicine Wheel is a setting of five poems by Emily Bobo, poems written in response to the sound of the Native American Flute as played by James Pellerite. Three songs from an audio recording of Pellerite’s performance along with the two singers for whom the work was composed, Arwen Myers and Laura Thoreson, can be heard here, with scrolling score:
A video of the live performance of the complete cycle given by Eva Legêne playing native flute with Lindsey McLellan and Amanda Russo from my March Auer Hall recital can be seen and heard here: