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Stefania de Kenessey
1956 -
S.M. de Kenessey
Stefania Maria [Stefania] de Kenessey (06/10/1956), a female Hungarian composer. She was born in Budapest and resident in the New York area, writes music that sounds like Schubert. Her 28-minute clarinet quintet, Shades of Darkness, is in a style and idiom that recalls the sound of the Mozart Quintet and makes the Brahms sound modern. Her melodies are quite lovely and her moods sensitive. A native of Budapest, Stefania de Kenessey was educated at Yale and Princeton Universities, receiving her doctorate under the tutelage of Milton Babbitt. She is a Professor of Music at the New School University and resides in New York City.
Autumn Elegy
Period:21st century
Composed in:2002
Musical form:song cycle
Text/libretto:Dana Gioia
In memory of:the victims of the New York World Trade Center attack, September 11, 2001
Label(s):Center Stage Records
Autumn elegy is subtitled: A requiem for the victims of the World trade Center attack, September 11, 2001. It contains three songs:
01. Veterans’ Cemetery
02. The End of the World
03. A Curse on Geographers
The piece is a setting of three poems by award-winning poet Dana Gioia, currently the director of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The CD, entitled Never broken, also includes other works by David Alpher and Sylvie Bodorova; it is dedicated to all those who have suffered and have never let their spirit be broken.
Author:Stefania de Kenessey
Contributor:Arye Kendi
Dana Gioia