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UMFK professor’s works performed at international music festival

FORT KENT, Maine – University of Maine at Fort Kent Professor of Music and Education, Dr. Scott Brickman has had his compositions performed at an international music festival in Kwidzyn, Poland.

On Sept. 26, flutist Iwona Glinka and pianist Vicky Stylianou performed his Capriccio, which is a finalist for the Kwidzyn Classical Music Award 2020. On Sept. 28, the Phasma Quartet, Iwona Glinka, flute, Yaroslav Tokarev, violin, Ilias Sdoukos, viola, Renato Ripo, cello performed Brickman’s Nocturne was part of their New Music Program. These September concerts, dedicated to contemporary music, were broadcast online. The festival has been awarded the “EFFE Label 2019-2020” quality mark by the European Festivals Association. The main idea of the Kwidzyn International Music Festival is to present the most interesting music from different eras, as well as to show artistic phenomena inspired by music. The concerts presented world premieres of works by composers from nine countries.

Capriccio (2019) is a one-movement piece in modified ternary form. While not directly quoting any folksongs, the melodic material was inspired by Jewish folksongs from Latvia and Lithuania. 

While the melodic and harmonic material comprises a juxtaposition of the folksong-inspired material with abstract-modernist material, the narrative of the piece is guided more by the alteration of musical time and space. That control of time and space and its reinterpretation of musical material is a concept derived from Jewish rituals. Nocturne (2018), for flute and strings, like Capriccio, is in a modified song form. Similarly, there is a juxtaposition of musical elements though these are not based on pre-existing sources.

“I’m really fortunate to have built such a supportive relationship with these fantastic musicians,” said Dr. Brickman. “They are fearless with their ambitious advocacy of new music. It is very exciting for me to have further collaborations with these musicians in the works.”

Dr. Brickman holds music degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Brandeis University. Dr. Brickman has taught at UMFK since the fall of 1997. Professional recordings of his music are available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital platforms, and through hard copies primarily but not exclusively on the Parma and Phasma labels.

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