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"In 1988, at the University of Kansas, John Cage  started a 
 standing ovation following a performance of my piece HOWL 
(for solo clarinet and ensemble). At that moment, I realized 
John Cage is the greatest composer of all time."  

                                                                                                                       
-  Michael Schelle

                                                                                             
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Eastern European premiere production of
THE END OF AL CAPONE

OPERA XXI WIEKU
Warsaw, Poland  -  May 2019

UMFC Modern Ensemble / Warsaw Chamber Opera
Uniwersytet Muzyczny Fryderyka Chopina

Ignacy Zalewski, music director and conductor
Mateusz Żaboklicki, stage director
Jacek Szponarski (tenor), Al Capone





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Schelle with Al Capone (Jacek Szponarsky)  -  Warsaw, May 2019



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SCHELLEKAMMERMUSIKONZERT 

(all-Schelle chamber music concert)
 
"Unsurprisingly, the perspective was also manic.
The Schellekammermusikonzert traversed a post-modernist 
Moebius strip along which the ghost of George Antheil 
shook hands with the ghost of Spike Jones.”

Jay Harvey, Upstage

complete review here


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STRAIGHT, NO LITHIUM

Michael Schelle’s “Straight, No Lithium,” a collection of nine preludes for solo piano, opened the program with a tongue-in-cheek jolt.  Schelle begins with a rollicking update of the barrelhouse style, sometimes mating parodies of Sprechstimme, with the energetic pianist, Jim Loughery, gamely vocalizing.  A more introspective, angular middle section (the preludes are grouped in threes) leads to an explosion of purely Bachian figuration, punctuated by brash, increasingly assertive chords that seemed oddly natural, rather than disruptive.

 The New York Times
Allan Kozinn


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for solo piano  (2016)

review





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Blast from the Past

October 1991 - Indianapolis

Iconic American Beat poet  Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) 
joins in on a performance of Michael Schelle's
"HOWL!" (1986), for clarinet and chamber ensemble


Ronen Chamber Ensemble
David Bellman, clarinet
Allen Ginsberg, concertina
Michael Schelle, conductor



















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