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   MICHAEL SCHELLE, composer             
                                      
                                              

                              "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


                                                                                               

                 TOKYO BAY, 6 a.m. : NEW YEAR'S DAY, 2014

                



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"Composer Michael Schelle creates a world within which each person can
measure soft memories and gain release from shards of harsh remorse, and we
are soaring into space beyond human ken, a soul freeing itself into lightness."


Rita Kohn, NUVO Newsweekly


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SCHELLEKAMMERMUSIKONZERT  (all-Schelle chamber music concert)  17 November 2015
 
"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  (2010)

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
.


Allan KozninThe New York Times



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2015 / 2016 PREMIERES





THE END OF AL CAPONE  (2014)

WORLD PREMIERE:   16 APRIL 2015

VIDEO here

Playing on the nerve ends, Schelle's "The End of Al Capone"
held its own between two landmark works by Peter Maxwell Davies,
"Eight Songs for a Mad King" (1969) and "Miss Donnithorne's Maggot" (1974).


Jay Harvey, Upstage        complete review here



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THE WOLVES OF PARNASSUS  (2014/15)

WORLD PREMIERE:   12 MAY 2015

The Wolves of Parnassus howls with conviction from the very start.  Schelle's wolves are
pack animals and predators upon musical order, particularly in the first and last movements.
They are reminders that in addition to being sacred to Apollo, Parnassus also was regarded
as having a strong connection to Dionysus, a god after Schelle's own heart
.

Jay Harvey, Upstage        complete review here


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RESILIENCE  (2014/15)
double concerto for viola, cello and orchestra
on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War 2

I. Dachaulieder
II. Rising Sun, Fallen Sky
III. Blast of Silence

The Fort Smith (AR) Symphony Orchestra
Alaina Rae, viola, Josha DeVries, cello
John Jeter, Music Director and Conductor


WORLD PREMIERE:   3 OCTOBER 2015

( video excerpts here )









       


L - R:  John Jeter (conductor), Michael Schelle (composer),
John McManus (WW2 author), Joshua DeVries (cello), Alaina Rae (viola)



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FEAR STRIKES OUT (2015), for trombone and wind ensemble

VIDEO






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ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN

(2016)  -  for solo piano


review



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AND THEN THEY JUST DISAPPEAR INTO THE NIGHT  (2016), for orchestra

Butler Symphony Orchestra  -  October 22, 2016
Detroit Symphony Orchestra  -  October 23, 2016
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra  -  October 30, 2016


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O MAGMA MYSTERIUM  (2015), for large symphonic wind ensemble

Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)  -  May 30, 2016
James Worman, music director and conductor

Butler University (Indianapolis, IN)  -  October 6, 2016
Michael Colburn, music director and conductor