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Sidney Corbett
Sidney Corbett was born in Chicago in 1960. He studied composition and philosophy at the University of California, San Diego and at Yale University, where he earned his doctorate in 1989. From 1985 to 1987 he studied composition at the Hamburg Academy of Music with György Ligeti. His composition teachers also included Martin Bresnick, Jacob Druckman, Bernard Rands and Pauline Oliveros.

Corbett has composed orchestral, instrumental and vocal music, and also one opera. His works have earned him numerous awards and prizes (e.g. Irino Foundation, Tokyo, Radio France Musique, BMI) and have been performed widely both in the United States and abroad. Corbett's music has been featured at a number of prominent international festivals for contemporary music, such as the Gaudeamus Music Week, Amsterdam, Styrian Autumn, Graz, the Zagreb Biennale, the Zürich Festival and in New York's Lincoln Center In 1998, portrait concerts dedicated to Corbett's music were held at the Wien Modern Festival, Vienna and at the Festival for New American Music, in Sacramento. Interpreters of his works include the RSO Stuttgart, the NOA Orchestra, New York, the Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, the South German Radio Chorus and many well known soloists. Recent commissions have come from IKAB Berlin (Chamber Symphony, for the Leipzig Sinfonietta), Performing Arts Chicago (for the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet) and from the Schwetzinger Festival (a song cycle for soprano Ruth Ziesak). Corbett's first full-scale opera, NOACH, based on a libretto by Christoph Hein and commissioned by the Bremen Theatre, was premiered in Bremen in October 2001.

In 1995 Sidney Corbett was a guest professor for composition and analysis of contemporary music at Duke University. He has also lectured at Yale University, the University of California, Berkeley, University of Illinois, Urbana, and internationally at the House of Composers, Moscow, the Royal Danish Conservatory, the University of Münster, Hamburg University and at Martin Luther University in Halle. Corbett is the author of articles on musical subjects in both English and German. His works are published by Moeck Verlag, Celle (European-American Music), Bärenreiter Verlag, Kassel, and by Verlag Neue Musik, Berlin. Radio recordings of Corbett's music have been broadcast by NPR, KPFK San Fransisco, Radio Tokyo, Radio Moscow, Nederlands Radio, Radio France Musique, Radio Zagreb and by virtually every German radio station. Commercial recordings have been released on CRI/Emergency Music, New York, Ambitus Records, Hamburg, Koch International and BIS Records, Sweden. A solo CD of Sidney Corbett's music was released on Kreuzberg Records in 1998. Sidney Corbett currently resides in Berlin, Germany.
Anja Tuckermann
Alex Stadler (director)
Gerd Brück (lighting designer)
Bryan J. Wolf (sound designer)
Ute D'ring, Soprano
Seth Josel, guitars
Daniela Burkhardt, actress
February 03, 2002
Eclat Festival, Stuttgart
A woman languishes in her apartment in a modern urban setting. She falls in love with a man she observes outside her window waiting for a bus in front of a construction site. Her inner development is the subject of the work. More precisely, it is about the process of confronting our true desires or, conversely, the energy, creativity, and willpower brought to bear in order to avoid being asked the question as to what we really want.
Lyrical, complex, some rock elements
Axel Muetze-Kern, Verlag Neue Musik
Verlag Neue Musik GmbH, Grabbeallee 15, 13156 Berlin, Germany
(49) 22/ 329-6930

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