Composer of Symphonic Music and Chamber Music, Opera, and...Writer on the Subject of Music
The evening's climactic moment.
These words have been used by the Washington Post to describe the music of Garrison Hull. His compositions are distinguished by breadth of melodic line, lyricism, clarity of tonality, all merged into a contemporary idiom.
Mr. Hull currently lives in the United States of America. Among his recently commissioned works is a piece by the renowned violoncellist Brigitta Gruenther, premiered at Strathmore Hall in the Washington, D.C. area in April of 2012. His Violin Sonata No. 2, written for the international renowned virtuoso duo of Michael Appleman, violin, and Alexander Paley, piano, premiered September 2004. The sonata was subsequently featured as the only new work at the 2004 Paley International Festival in Richmond, Virginia. [See "About the Music..." to read related article.] In May, 2000 Mr. Hull’s first violin sonata, the Strathmore, premiered, a commission from that performing arts center to celebrate the turn of the millennium.
Mr. Hull’s full-length dramatic opera Nancy, commissioned by Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia premiered in Spring 2004. The Washington Postreview reported that Hull’s opera, Nancy“stands up well when compared with the...first operas of Verdi and Puccini.” Mr. Hull’s chamber opera, The Fashionable Vices: Fables of John Gay, described as “exciting opera,” according to The Journal Newspapers was premiered by Opera Americana during the 1990-1991 season.
Mr. Hull’s second piano sonata, the Riverside, a 1998 commission from the 250th Birthday Committee for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, was premiered in July, 1999 and was performed at the Talloires International Composers Conference in July, 2000.
From respondents to an international call for scores, The Louisville Orchestra selected Hull’s Concert Overture ( A Prayer and Praise to the Memory of Russell Woollen ) for performance at the 1997 Indiana State University’s Contemporary Music Festival.
In 1995 he was one of ten composers selected to participate in the Fifth Talloires International Composers Conference at Tufts University European Center.
In 1994 Mr. Hull was honored by both an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Standard Music Panel, and the Alexandria Choral Society’s Bi-Annual Distinguished Virginia Composer Commission, which allowed the composition of A Profound Whisper.
Concert Pianist Andrew Kraus will perform the first piano sonata on November 8th, 2019 at noon, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St., NW, Washington, DC 20001. The concert is sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club. The work will be repeated on January 16, 2020 at the Music Mansion at Strathmore Hall, Rockville, MD at 11:00 am and again April 16, 2020 at noon at the Old Town Fairfax City Hall, Fairfax, VA. Jeongseon Choi recently performed the second piano sonata this year at the The Lyceum, Alexandria, VA also as part of the FMMC concert series. Further concerts will also be listed here on the first of each month.
Finally!! The Knickerbocker Suite for guitar and violin can now be heard and a digital copy can be purchased: just go to "About the Music and Recorded Excerpts" then to “Guitar…”. Also see "CD Purchase and Digital Music Downloads" drop-down menus to purchase a recording.
My two operas, "Nancy" and "Fashionable Vices," have been included in the Thierry bibliography of contemporary opera. Audio samples of the operas will soon appear with the listings.
And...a pleasant surprise: Garry Wills cites my opera Nancy in his book Henry Adams and the Making of America. Also...Recordings of PIANO SONATAS NOS. 1 AND 2 are now available individually as a digital download. And finally...
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In 1993 Mr. Hull received a commission from the Knickerbocker Artists of New York to commemorate the installation of Glenna Goodacre’s Vietnam Women’s Memorial.
He was a recipient of both a commission and a residency sponsored by Meet the Composer Education Program for 1992-1993.
In 1991 he was honored with a Rosebud Award from the Washington Independent Filmmakers for his score to Eternal Bliss, which was screened at the American Film Institute and the Virginia Festival of American Film. The theme for that year's festival was “Music in the Movies.”
Mr. Hull’s music is frequently performed in the United States of America and in Europe. He has been interviewed on Voice of America and has been a regular contributor to the national monthly journal, 21st Century Music. He has written a regular column on concert music for Rhode Island’s Motif magazine. He has also written scholarly articles, including "Between the Staves," which was published in Volume 22/1 of the award winning music journal, Sonus.
Mr. Hull has twice been a Resident Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He chaired the Virginia Music Teachers Association’s Commissioned Composer Contest from 1991 through 1994. He has served as Board President and Music Director of the New Music Society from 1988 to 1993.
Mr. Hull studied conducting with Russell Woollen; piano, theory and composition with Serge DeGastyne; and received his Bachelors Degree from George Mason University where he studied composition with Stephen D. Burton, Heritage Professor. He holds his Master's Degree in composition from the University of Rhode Island where he studied with Dr. Eliane Aberdam.