August 17, 2022

Dream Sequence premieres at Bravo! Vail

For some reason, I seem to keep writing music about dreams. There has been much scientific research about people having vivid dreams as a result of quarantining. This work, in five movements, is essentially a “dream sequence”. The first movement presents later ideas of the piece in fractured form, the muted strings “practicing”their later figuration; this gives way to a rocking lullaby. The second movement,“Nightmare I”, is steady and tense; the third movement is a tender lullaby and a nod to Ravel. The fourth movement is a more frozen, stricken nightmare. Finally,“Afterword” is an extended version of a previous work written for two violins and piano. This expansive movement opens with the same chords as the very opening of the piece; I try to evoke a sense of timelessness while also capturing the sweetness and poignancy of sleep. This work is dedicated to my sister Bethany and my brother-in-law, Anthony.

-Chris Rogerson, Summer 2020

Review from the Santa Fe premiere here:

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Chris Rogerson Awarded 2022 Stoeger Prize from Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

“We are personally delighted that this year’s Stoeger jury has selected Chris Rogerson as the 2022 recipient of the prize,” said CMS Artistic Directors Wu Han and David Finckel. “Chris’s music embodies all that we look for in the works of today’s chamber music composers: genuine inspiration; knowledgeable and skillful instrumental writing; a combination of immediate appeal and intriguing challenge which invites further hearings; and very importantly, a true sense of the very nature of chamber music as an art form of dialogue between equals. In addition, Chris has proven to be very much a ‘performer’s composer’ in that so many fine players have asked for works from him. Their advocacy and passion, combined with new music of real quality, is what truly drives our art form forward.”
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Premiere at La Jolla SummerFest

'Til it was dark, for violin, viola, cello, bass, and piano premieres at La Jolla SummerFest to rave review