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Jocelyn Hagen02/21/2019 at 9:13am

So sad today to hear of the passing of Dominick Argento. In celebration of his amazing life and contribution to music, I watched this lovely performance of SONGS ABOUT SPRING this morning.

It was the first work of his that I knew inside and out, and I absolutely LOVED playing it, and will never forget performing it with my dear friend, soprano Jennifer Kult. We were in our 20s and performing as much contemporary art song as we could.

His music has taught me so much, and I am deeply grateful.

This is a lovely performance I found on YouTube. Jump to 7:38 if you want to hear the last movement ~ my favorite. 🙂

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Songs About Spring (Dominick Argento)

Michele Currenti, Soprano Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music, April 2017 By Dominick Argento 1. who knows if the moon’s a balloon 0:00 2. Spring is …
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Jocelyn Hagen02/19/2019 at 8:35am

I can see the light at the end of the compositional tunnel! Movement 23 ~ “Whether or Not” ~ from SONGS FOR MUSKA, for Conspirare (March 29!)

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Jocelyn Hagen02/17/2019 at 7:18am

An amazing quote to ponder this morning, taken from Iris Murdoch’s “Existentialists and Mystics: Writings on Philosophy and Literature.”

“Great art, especially literature, but the other arts too, carries a built-in self-critical recognition of its incompleteness. It accepts and celebrates jumble, and the bafflement of the mind by the world. The incomplete pseudo-object, the work of art, is a lucid commentary upon itself… Art makes a place for precision in the midst of chaos by inventing a language in which contingent details can be lovingly noticed and obvious truths stated with simple authority. The incompleteness of the pseudo-object need not affect the lucidity of the mode of talk which it bodies forth; in fact, the two aspects of the matter ideally support each other. In this sense all good art is its own intimate critic, celebrating in simple and truthful utterance the broken nature of its formal complexity. All good tragedy is anti-tragedy. King Lear. Lear wants to enact the false tragic, the solemn, the complete. Shakespeare forces him to enact the true tragic, the absurd, the incomplete.

Great art, then,… inspires truthfulness and humility.”

That last line ~ the truth! I believe it’s why I take my job as an artist so seriously. I believe human beings need art to be able to see inside themselves and reflect on who they are and what they feel.

My job as a composer is not just to give you something beautiful or exciting to listen to, but to make you think about our world and your place in this world.

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Jocelyn Hagen02/14/2019 at 11:57am


Still working on finding my confidence. Working hard at supporting others and leading by example.

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Jocelyn Hagen shared Graphite Publishing's post.02/11/2019 at 8:46pm

Couldn’t be more thrilled about Graphite Publishing’s new marketing campaign we designed for this year’s ACDA conference! Gotta stop by the booth to pick up your button. 🙂


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Jocelyn Hagen02/07/2019 at 3:15pm

Today I received word that Somaia Ramish, one of the female poets from Afghanistan, whose work I am setting for SONGS FOR MUSKA (for Conspirare) will be joining us in Austin for the premiere on March 29.

I’m so thrilled I cried. Her words have been such an amazing inspiration for this work, and I can’t wait to shake her hand and thank her.

Here’s her poem “Load Poems Like Guns” ~ translated into English by Farzana Marie:

Load poems like guns —
war’s geography calls you to arms.
The enemy has no signs, counter-signs,
Load poems like guns —
each moment is loaded
with bombs
death-sounds —
death and war
don’t follow rules
you can make your pages into white flags a thousand times
but swallow your words, say no more. Load your poems —
your body —
your thoughts —
like guns.
The schoolhouses of war rise up
within you.
Maybe you
are next.

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