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Song Cycle
2015

Betz: Tombeau(x) - sinfonietta for living and dead technologies

electroacoustic
2015
SSAATTBB Choir
2013

Betz: Enclosure - St. Olaf Orchestra, cond. Steven Amundson

Full Orchestra
2015

Betz: Emergence - St. Olaf Band, cond. Timothy Mahr

Concert Band
2015

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  • Michael Betz updated the Artwork Enclosure
    Abstractly, “Enclosure” is about the desire inherent at the confluence of inevitability and tendency. We often desire that which we are the least likely to pursue; tendency as promise of the inevitable offers comfort. However, if the inevitable is conceived of as a valid simultaneity of all possible outcomes, then it merely exists as a reminder that the future will come to pass. Now, desire can overcome tendency: both have the potential to become the inevitable. This inner conflict can resul…
  • Michael Betz updated the Artwork Emergence
    Emergence was written for the 125th anniversary of the St. Olaf Band’s 1891 founding. The title refers to the concept of emergent properties: new behaviors resulting from the conglomeration of component objects joined together to create a higher-functioning aggregate. This process is reflected through individuals coming together to play in the St. Olaf Band. Emergence seeks to reference the heritage of the band while possessing enough musical worth to function as a standalone work that could b…
  • Michael Betz updated the Artwork Indra's Ear
    Text from August Strindberg's "The Dream Play" (1901) Translation by Edwin Björkman (1912) (Public Domain) I. Indra Born beneath the clouds of heaven, Driven we were by the lightnings of Indra Down to the sand-covered earth. Straw from the harvested fields soiled our feet; Dust from the high-roads, Smoke from the cities, Foul-smelling breaths, Fumes from cellars and kitchens, All we endured. Then to the open sea we fled, Filling our lungs with air, Shaking our wings, And laving ou…
  • for laptop, player piano, Commodore 64, and quadraphonic audio In 3 movements: I. Arcadia II. Musette III. Extimacy [For full notes, please visit www.michaelbetzmusic.com/tombeaux] Tombeau(x) is inspired by concepts presented in Carolyn Abbate’s article “Outside Ravel’s Tomb.” [Carolyn Abbate, “Outside Ravel’s Tomb,” Journal of the American Musicological Society Vol 52, No. 3 (Autumn 1999): 465–530.] At first read, I was taken by the quasi-symphonic structure of the article: I …
  • Michael Betz updated the Artwork Indra's Ear
    Text from August Strindberg's "The Dream Play" (1901) Translation by Edwin Björkman (1912) (Public Domain) I. Indra Born beneath the clouds of heaven, Driven we were by the lightnings of Indra Down to the sand-covered earth. Straw from the harvested fields soiled our feet; Dust from the high-roads, Smoke from the cities, Foul-smelling breaths, Fumes from cellars and kitchens, All we endured. Then to the open sea we fled, Filling our lungs with air, Shaking our wings, And laving ou…
  • Michael Betz updated the Artwork Emergence
    Emergence was written for the 125th anniversary of the St. Olaf Band’s 1891 founding. The title refers to the concept of emergent properties: new behaviors resulting from the conglomeration of component objects joined together to create a higher-functioning aggregate. This process is reflected through individuals coming together to play in the St. Olaf Band. Emergence seeks to reference the heritage of the band while possessing enough musical worth to function as a standalone work that could b…
  • for laptop, player piano, Commodore 64, and quadraphonic audio In 3 movements: I. Arcadia II. Musette III. Extimacy [For full notes, please visit www.michaelbetzmusic.com/tombeaux] Tombeau(x) is inspired by concepts presented in Carolyn Abbate’s article “Outside Ravel’s Tomb.” [Carolyn Abbate, “Outside Ravel’s Tomb,” Journal of the American Musicological Society Vol 52, No. 3 (Autumn 1999): 465–530.] At first read, I was taken by the quasi-symphonic structure of the article: I …
  • Michael Betz updated the Artwork Enclosure
    Abstractly, “Enclosure” is about the desire inherent at the confluence of inevitability and tendency. We often desire that which we are the least likely to pursue; tendency as promise of the inevitable offers comfort. However, if the inevitable is conceived of as a valid simultaneity of all possible outcomes, then it merely exists as a reminder that the future will come to pass. Now, desire can overcome tendency: both have the potential to become the inevitable. This inner conflict can resul…