American art song composer Juliana Hall (b. 1958) is a prolific and highly-regarded composer of vocal music whose songs have been described as “brilliant” (Washington Post), “beguiling” (Times of London), and “the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon” (Boston Globe). Among her more than 50 song cycles and works of vocal chamber music are pieces for renowned countertenor Brian Asawa and star soprano Dawn Upshaw.  SongFest awarded Hall its 2017 Sorel Commission, and she was invited to be Guest Composer for the 2018 Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar by artistic director and acclaimed mezzo soprano Stephanie Blythe, for whom Hall has also composed songs. Hall graduated from the Yale School of Music in 1987 (studying with Martin Bresnick, Leon Kirchner, and Frederic Rzewski) and completed her studies in Minnesota with Dominick Argento. Since receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1989 her music has been heard in 29 countries on six continents at venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Library of Congress, and Wigmore Hall as well as in concerts at the London Festival of American Music, the Ojai Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center.  Her music has been recorded on the Albany, MSR Classics, and Vienna Modern Masters labels and  broadcast on the BBC and NPR radio networks. Her art songs and vocal chamber music are published by E. C. Schirmer and Boosey & Hawkes.


Spectra II

Release Date: October 12, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6188
20th Century
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
SPECTRA 2 unveils the works of six composers, each of whom tells a unique, memorable story. First up is Elizabeth R. Austin's B-A-C-HOMAGE, an intricately constructed tribute to the German Baroque composer. Based on Bach's name and his "Air on G" respectively, the first and second movement reflect upon the clarity of his work through the lens of Austin's decidedly modern tonal language.