THE SIXTEENTH FLOOR
The noise of the city sounds below me.It clashes against the housesAnd rises like smoke through the narrowstreets.It polishes the marble fronts of houses,Grating itself against them,And they shine in the lamplightAnd cast their echoes back upon theasphalt of the streets.But I hear no sound of your voice,The city is incoherent – trivial,And my brain aches with emptiness.
-notes by the composer
commissioned byChia-wei Lee“… thehighlight of the yearcame Nov. 9with JustinMerritt'sFivePreludes forpiano…”-PeterSchimpf,BloomingtonIndependentIn 2000 composer JustinMerritt (bn. 1975)
was theyoungest-ever winner of theASCAP Foundation/RudolphNissim Award for
.He is also the winner of a hostof other awards including the2008-09 Copland Award, the2008 Minnesota OrchestraComposer Institute Prize for
River of Blood
, and the 2006Polyphonos PrizeHe received his Bachelorsfrom Trinity University
andhis Masters andDoctorate fromIndiana University.
He studiedcomposition withSamuel Adler, Sven-David Sandström,Claude Baker,Timothy Kramer, DonFreund, andelectronic andcomputer music with Jeffrey Hass. He is currently AssistantProfessor of Composition at St. Olaf College. He resides in Northﬁeld,Minnesota with his wife Yuedong andtheir children Cullen Fang Ouxiang andMolly Fang Qinghe.“Several times I wrote "Wow!" next toa work being played...”-Peter Jacobi, Herald Times
j u s t i n m e r r i t
“…demandsan audience'sattention…Merritt'spiece was thestandout.”-RobHubbard,Pioneer Press
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