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.
Soft Cells, University of Texas New Music Ensemble, Dan Welcher, conducting. Austin TX. Will be broadcast Jan 10, 2015 at 8:00 pm on Saturday evening on KMFA (89.5), or if you’re away from Austin or want to share info with friends, they can hear it at the same hour (Central Time) by going to www.kmfa.org and clicking on “listen”.
Piano Recital: all the F-sharps and G’s from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2 (8 Preludes and Fugues). Don Freund, piano, Auer Hall, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
During the recital Don will be giving some brief introductions to the 8 Well-Tempered Clavier preludes and fugues. If you would like to learn more in-depth composition lessons from a few of these incredible pieces you are welcome to come the Thursday 9 — 10 pm master class in room M344 (Simon Music Building, IU Campus).
For more composition lessons centered on Bach’s Preludes and Fugues check out Don’s “Composition Lessons with JS Bach” YouTube playlist.
Mixed Blood performed by “What Is Noise” on the opening concert of Florida State’s Festival of New Music, Tallahassee, FL.
Faculty Composition Recital at the IU Jacobs School includes premieres of Hearing in 3V for 3 violins and Songs with Words (lyrics by Steve Pollett), as well as Stephen Brew’s performance of Stirrings for solo guitar, and a faculty sinfonietta ensemble performing Quilt Horizon with video. Auer Hall, Bloomington, IN.
Mixed Blood performed by Ensemble/Concept 21, Jorge Muñiz, director, South Bend, IN.
Earthdance Concerto performed by the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, Nicholas Towns, solo piano, Appleton, WI
Jug Blues & Fat Pickin’, Indiana University Jacobs School Wind Ensemble, Stephen Pratt. conducting, CBDNA, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN.
Mixed Blood, Crunch Time and Hard Cells performed by the CIM New Music Ensemble, Keith Fitch, director, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH.
The premiere of “Use Your Inside Voice” by the IU New Music Ensemble, David Dzubay conducting, has been posted on YouTube, and there are 3 ways of looking at/ listening to it. It’s a great performance with some intriguing video options!
A 5-camera performance video:
The same performance video with scrolling score:
Scrolling score only with audio (best audio, from an edited recording session):