Adrienne Inglis, Composer



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Upcoming performances

Metamorphosis (2019) by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP) for flute, harp, and string orchestra, commissioned by Balcones Community Orchestra, celebrates the life and work of Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), pioneering entomologist, naturalist, and artist. Chaski flute/harp duo with flutist Adrienne Inglis and harpist Shana Norton will also perform the Texas première of Le barde muet by Bernard Andrés with the Balcones Community Orchestra under the direction of Robert Radmer.
Performance:
22 Sep 2019 at 4 PM (world première)
Lakeway Activity Center 105 Cross Creek, Lakeway, TX 78734 Map

Wren (2019) by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP), commissioned by Inversion Ensemble, sets Robert Macfarlane’s poem of the same name for mixed chorus and flute. With quick harmonic changes, syncopations, and melodic gestures, the composition captures a sense of the charming poem as well as the actual Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) found year round throughout the United Kingdom.
Performances:
Inversion Ensemble presents Aether: Air—inspiration/wind
28 Sep 2019 at 7 PM
Wesleyan at Estrella Independent Living Hewlett Community Room
139 Estrella Crossing, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (world première)
29 Sep 2019 at 3 PM
Redeemer Presbyterian Church 2111 Alexander Ave. Austin, Texas 78722 (world première)
Watch live
Inversion Ensemble at Southwestern University Sarofim Music Series
22 Oct 2019 at 7:30 PM Alma Thomas Theater, Southwestern University
1001 E University Ave, Georgetown, Texas 78626
For more information and tickets, visit Sarofim Music Series
Southwestern University Chorale at Southwestern University
2 Nov 2019 at 7:30 PM
Alma Thomas Theater, Southwestern University
1001 E University Ave, Georgetown, Texas 78626
For more information, visit Southwestern University Chorale Fall Concert This event is free and open to the public.

Works

Metamorphosis (2019) by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP) for flute, harp, and string orchestra, commissioned by Balcones Community Orchestra, celebrates the life and work of Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), pioneering entomologist, naturalist, and artist. Chaski flute/harp duo with flutist Adrienne Inglis and harpist Shana Norton will also perform the Texas première of Le barde muet by Bernard Andrés with the Balcones Community Orchestra under the direction of Robert Radmer.
Duration: 5:30 minutes.
Performances:
Balcones Community Orchestra under the direction of Robert Radmer
22 Sep 2019 Lakeway, Texas (world première)

Wren (2019) by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP), commissioned by Inversion Ensemble, sets Robert Macfarlane’s poem of the same name for mixed chorus and flute. With quick harmonic changes, syncopations, and melodic gestures, the composition captures a sense of the charming poem as well as the actual Wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) found year round throughout the United Kingdom.
Duration: 2 minutes
Performances:
28 Sep 2019 Inversion Ensemble, Georgetown, Texas (world première)
29 Sep 2019 Inversion Ensemble, Austin, Texas (world première)
22 Oct 2019 Inversion Ensemble at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas
2 Nov 2019 Southwestern University Chorale, Georgetown, Texas

The Song of the Harp Seal (2019) by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP) was composed especially for Inversion Ensemble: Coda. It sets to music the poem Inglis commissioned by Scottish author and poet Gillean McDougall. For treble chorus and lever or pedal harp, this work tells the true story of a mother harp seal and her pup forced south of their usual Arctic range by the climate crisis. The pup ingests plastic pollution that contributes to her death near the shores of the Isle of Skye. Scottish legend mixes with modern tragedy as mermaids beckon in Gaelic to the harp pup and then speak directly to us.
Duration: 3:40
Sheet music is available for purchase here.
Performances:
Inversion Ensemble Coda presents Aether: Earth—conservation and nature
10 Aug 2019 Austin, Texas (world première)
11 Aug 2019 Austin, Texas (world première)
Watch the live video feed here starting at 46:05.

The Rage and Reconciliation of King Lear (2019) by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP) for mixed chorus, bassoon, and piano, a setting of passages from Shakespeare’s King Lear with signature phrases of the Rev. Dr. Milton H. Riemer, commissioned by Jonathan Riemer in memory of his father Rev. Dr. Milton Henry Riemer (1933-2018).
Duration: 5:10
Sheet music is available for purchase here.
Performances:
Inversion Ensemble presents Heroes and Monsters: songs of legends & beasts
1 Jun 2019* Austin, Texas (world première)
2 Jun 2019* Austin, Texas (world première)
*featuring Original Pronunciation

Asleep in a Blanket Spun of Energy (2019) by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP) for a cappella mixed chorus, a setting of We Are Returning Always by Margaret Noodin.
Duration 4:15
Sheet music is available for purchase here.

Asleep in a Blanket Spun of Energy (2019) by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP) with electronic dance track by Trevor F. Shaw (ASCAP) for mixed chorus and electronic track, a setting of We Are Returning Always by Margaret Noodin.
Duration 4:44
Performances:
Inversion Ensemble presents Dream Keeper: songs of sleep & vision
2 Mar 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas (world première)
3 Mar 2019 Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas (world première)
Recognition: Selected for inclusion on Inversion Ensemble’s upcoming 2019 album recording

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Innocent Blood (2018) for mezzo soprano solo, SATB, and flute/bass flute and organ, a setting of A Contemplation of God: Massachusetts Bay 1692 by Catherine Colvin, transcribed court records from Salem, Massachusetts, and excerpts from Bay Psalm Book, pub. 1698
Duration 20:00
Sheet music is available for purchase here.
Performances:
Inversion Ensemble concerts
6 Oct 2018 Austin, Texas (world première)
7 Oct 2018 Austin, Texas (world première)
Recognition:
On May 13, 2019, Austin Critics Table announced that Innocent Blood by Adrienne Inglis was nominated for best Original Composition/Score for 2018-19. Inversion Ensemble’s concert I, Too, Sing America, the concert on which it was performed, was nominated for best Concert/Opera performance.
On December 28, 2018, Inversion Ensemble’s “I, Too, Sing America” concert was listed by Robert Faires in the Austin Chronicle as one of Austin’s top ten ten classical music experiences of 2018: “8) I, Too, Sing America (Inversion Ensemble) A history lesson through choral music, speaking to struggles present and past (e.g., witch trials in Adrienne Inglis’ forceful Innocent Blood), with the choir's united voices ever a symbol of e pluribus unum.”
"I enjoyed the concert very much. And congratulations to you on your work, Innocent Blood. Having read about it in your invitation, I knew what to expect, but I was unprepared for how strongly it resonated in the midst of the Kavanaugh hearings. Seeing a single woman being interrogated by a group of men predisposed not to believe what she had to say and not willing to change their minds no matter what she said was especially chilling. How little has changed in three centuries. I also appreciated the theatrical flourishes you incorporated; they added to the isolation and persecution of Page's character and to the overall impact of the work." --Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle, October 2018

El sol (2018) for SATB, cuatro (or guitar), and harp, a setting of Soneto XXXIII by Luis Martín de la Plaza in the style of a Venezuelan joropo
Duration 2:30
Performances:
Inversion Ensemble concerts
2 Jun 2018 at Central Christian Church in Austin, Texas (world première)
3 Jun 2018 at Pflugerville United Methodist Church in Pflugerville, Texas
Recognition:
Selected for inclusion on Inversion Ensemble’s upcoming 2019 album recording

Cochineal (2017) for SATB and electronic dance track created by Walter Torres, a setting of a traditional recipe for dying alpaca wool with cochineal
Cochineal combines earthy and electronic to set to music the ancient Andean recipe for dyeing alpaca wool with cochineal, an insect full of carminic acid that feeds on prickly pear cactus. Composed for SATB chorus and electronic dance track, the recipe depicts the synthesis of insects, alpaca wool, minerals, water, fire, sun, time, and a couple of unusual ingredients to create colorful beauty. Using Andean harmonies and scales, the music captures the grandeur of the Andes mountains and the artisanal tradition of hand-crafting colorful yarn from local natural ingredients. The computer-generated electronic track created using Logic Pro X features original sound design and compelling dance rhythms. Cochineal is the first musical collaboration between Adrienne Inglis and Walter Torres.
Duration 5:07
Performances:
Inversion Ensemble concerts
10 Feb 2018 in Cedar Park, Texas (world première)
24 Feb 2018 in Georgetown, Texas
25 Feb 2018 in Austin, Texas (https://youtu.be/UIBljxn4OoA)
22 Jul 2018 Dallas, Texas

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Pájaros for solo flute and strings (2017) captures the springtime songs of many Texas Hill Country birds, including the beloved Golden-cheeked Warbler, and sets them to flirtatious Latin rhythms.
Duration about 6:00
Sheet music is available for purchase here.
Performances:
Balcones Community Orchestra with director Robert Radmer and flute soloist Adrienne Inglis present the world premiére performance 17 Sep 2017 at Lakeway Activity Center, Lakeway, Texas (https://soundcloud.com/adrienne-inglis/pajaros)
Pájaros was also performed at the Inversion Ensemble concerts 30 Sep 2017 in Austin, Texas and 1 Oct 2017 in Pflugerville, Texas (https://soundcloud.com/adrienne-inglis/pajaros-for-solo-flute-and-strings-performed-by-inversion-ensemble)
Recognition:
Pájaros was selected as one of 55 finalists chosen from almost 2200 entries from 76 countries in the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra 2018 Call for Scores.

Letters to Faith (2017) SSAATTBB a cappella, a four-movement setting of excerpts from letters written by the composer's grandparents to her aunt Faith, duration 7:30
Performances:
Inversion Ensemble (world première) 3 Jun 2017, Austin, Texas
The Sunshine of Your Smile from Letters to Faith was performed by Chorus Austin with conductor Ryan Heller at its Southwest Voices concert, which won the Austin Critic's Table Award 2017-18 for Classical Music Concert/Opera
5 May 2018 at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas
6 May 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas

On the Mystery of the Incarnation (2014) SATB chorus and string orchestra, a setting of Denise Levertov's poem of the same name from A Door in the Hive (1989)
Duration 3:21
Performances:
Westminster Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir (world première) 6 Dec 2015, Austin, Texas
Inversion Ensemble 25 Feb 2017, Austin, Texas
(http://soundcloud.com/adrienne-inglis/20170225inversionensembleconcert-inglisadrienne-onthemysteryoftheincarnation)

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A Noiseless Patient Spider (2014) flute, voice, and harp, a setting of Walt Whitman's poem of the same name from Leaves of Grass (1900)
Duration 2:30
Also arranged for flute and harp
Performances:
Flood Relief Benefit Concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas (world première) 18 Jun 2015
Marta Stafford Fine Arts Gallery, Marble Falls, Texas 8 Jul 2016
House concert, San Rafael, California 22 Jul 2016
Family concert at Oakland Public Library, Oakland, California 23 Jul 2016
House concert, El Cerrito, California 23 Jul 2016
Family concert at Livermore Public Library, Livermore, California 24 Jul 2016
Chaski 8 Nov, 2016, Twilight Concerts, Lago Vista, Texas
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Concert for the Earth, Austin, Texas 26 Jan 2017

In Heaven and on Earth (2014) SATB chorus with flute and clàrsach (lever harp) or harp, a setting of Philippians 2:5-11 NRSV
Duration 5:00
Sheet music is available for purchase here.
(http://youtu.be/9N4U_TY1N7g) (http://soundcloud.com/adrienne-inglis/20170225inversionensembleconcert-inglisadrienne-inheavenandonearth)
Performances:
Chaski and Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir (world première) September 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas
Inversion Ensemble February 25, 2017, Austin, Texas

Crying Out in the Wilderness (2008), SATB chorus with harp, a setting of Luke 3:2b-6 NRSV, duration 2:50 (http://youtu.be/ZcOKGpfJWS0)
Sheet music is available for purchase here.
Performances:
Westminster Presbyterian Church (world première) December 6, 2009, Austin, Texas
University Presbyterian Church 7 Dec 2014, Austin, Texas
University Presbyterian Church 14 Dec 2014, Austin, Texas

There Will Be Signs (2007) SATB chorus with harp and bombo, setting of Luke 21:25-28 NRSV
Duration 2:44

Precious Oil (2005) SATB a cappella, setting of Psalm 133 from Marchiene Vroon Rienstra's Swallow's Nest: A Feminine Reading of the Psalms
Duration 2:10
Performances:
Westminster Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir 12 Feb 2006, Austin, Texas

Darkness as Light (2005, revised 2018) SATB with harp or keyboard accompaniment, setting of Psalm 139:7-12 NRSV
Duration 2:00
Sheet music is available for purchase here.
Performances:
17 Aug 2005 Westminster Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Choir, Austin, Texas (world première)
12 Aug 2018 Inversion Ensemble Coda, Pflugerville, Texas
21 Oct 2018 Inversion Ensemble, Georgetown, Texas
26 Oct 2018 Concordia University Singers, Austin, Texas
9 Nov 2018 Inversion Ensemble, Lakeway, Texas
5 Apr 2019 Saint John's Singers, Saint John's United Methodist Church, Austin, Texas video

Do Not Be Afraid, Mary (2004) SATB with optional keyboard accompaniment, setting of annunciation scene, Luke 1:26-45
Duration 1:40
Sheet music is available for purchase here.

Love (2004), setting of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 for two-part children's choir

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Maysajata cutayana (2002) huayno boliviano for zamponas, charango, and harp; recorded by Chaski on Viracocha (2005)

Misa trinitaria (2003) a six-movement Spanish language Latin American folk mass, treble voices, folk accompaniment, with optional soli TB, duration about 23 minutes, recorded by Chaski and Magnificat with director David Stevens on Chaski's CD,Viracocha (2005)
Entrada (auki auki)
Senor, ten piedad (vidala andina)
Gloria (huayno boliviano) Credo (merengue venezolano)
Santo (saya boliviana)
Cordero de Dios (zamba argentina)
Performances:
23 Oct 2005 Chaski and Magnificat Benefit for SafePlace Westminster Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas
23 Oct 2005 Chaski and Magnificat, St. David's Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas
7 Oct 2007 Chaski and Voci di Sorelle San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Texas
13 Oct 2013 Credo from Misa trinitaria by Adrienne Inglis at Central Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas
23 Nov 2014 Misa trinitaria with St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Cantate, Hot Springs Music Festival Chorus, Hot Springs, Arkansas

13 Jul 2019 Santo from Misa trinitaria by Adrienne Inglis performed by Inversion Ensemble Da Capo, Austin, Texas Salmo 140 (Psalm 140) (2001) Spanish-language scripture setting includes a congregational response

Bendición (Blessing) (2001) is a Bolivia sikuriada based on the Taizé piece Bless the Lord by Jacques Berthier.
Duration: 1:27

Recorded by Chaski on Chaski's CD,Viracocha (2005)
Consejos del gaucho (1999) zamba argentina for baritone, quena, guitar, and harp; recorded by Chaski on Unay (2000) Duration: 3:40
Sheet music is available for purchase here.

Elizabeth (1998) vals venezolano for quena, guitar, harp; recorded by Chaski on Unay (2000)


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Adrienne Inglis, Composer