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Der Schatten eines Traumes
song cycle for two sopranos, speaker, chorus, large orchestra, organ, tape and electronics
by Randolph Pitts (Original version, 2019)
Texts by Walter Benjamin, Christoph Friedrich Heinle, Gilles Deleuze,
Ingeborg Bachmann and Karoline von Günderrode

Sonate pour Anita
Dedicated to Anita DeFrancesco

Randolph Pitts, Love (for three orchestras and large organ)
written in connection with a six-part series
I produced for my Lendall Pitts II YouTube channel.

Randolph Pitts became interested in contemporary music while growing up in the Washington DC. area.  During that time he was active as an amateur bassoonist and contrabassoonist, performing regularly with many ensembles, including the Arlington, Virginia Civic Symphony and the Montgomery/Prince Georges County [Maryland] Light Opera Association Orchestra.  Since then he has been a member and patron of a number of organizations devoted to "classical" music, including the American Composers Forum and the Friends of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute.

Pitts was was always interested in writing his own music -- his earliest efforts date from his high school years -- and beginning in around 2005 he finally decided to take composing seriously, indulging in the freedom to experiment which his status (or lack thereof) as a self-taught amateur composer afforded him.  Most of Pitts' pieces employ twelve tone technique in various ways, including pitch multiplication and, on occasion, derived rows.  Several of his works use row material based on musical cryptograms of the names of beautiful women.  He has found that there is a strong correlation between the beauty of a woman and the beauty of the tone rows derived from her name.

The American composer Ross Lee Finney once described music as "a mosaic of gestures," a statement which Randolph Pitts believes is highly applicable to his compositions, culminating in his Piano Concerto of 2021, which he feels is the ultimate manifestation of the concepts and feelings that motivated him to compose. 

Among his favourite historical composers are, first and foremost, Arnold Schoenberg and his students (Anton von Webern, Alban Berg, Hanns Eisler, Roberto Gerhard, John Cage, Adolph Weiss, Hans Erich Apostel, Nikos Skalkottas, Edward Steuermann, Richard Hoffmann, etc.), Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno, Grazyna Bacewicz, Claude Ballif, Jean Barraqué, Johanna Magdalena Beyer, Earle Brown, Ornette Coleman, Julian Carrillo, Roque Cordero, Luigi Dallapiccola, Paul Dessau, Eric Dolphy, Morton Feldman, Alberto Ginastera, Bill Hopkins, Erich Itor Kahn, Ernst Krenek, René Leibowitz, Luo Zhongrong, Elisabeth Lutyens, Bruno Maderna, Gian Francesco Malipiero, Donald Martino, Ernst Hermann Meyer, Charles Mingus, Darius Milhaud, Luigi Nono, Charlie Parker, Barbara Pentland, George Perle, Julia Amanda Perry, Henri Pousseur, Priaulx Rainier, Alan Rawsthorne, Wallingford Riegger, Hilding Rosenberg, Dane Rudhyar, Carl Ruggles, Peter Schat, Artur Schnabel, Humphrey Searle, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Roger Sessions, Ralph Shapey, Seymour Shifrin, Wayne Shorter, Cecil Taylor, Sir Michael Tippett, Fartein Valen, Matthijs Vermeulen, Claude Vivier, Rudolf Wagner-Régeny, Stefan Wolpe and Bernd Aloïs Zimmermann.

Some living and/or more recent composers who have influenced him are Gilbert Amy, Milton Babbitt, Alain Bancquart, Luciano Berio, Gerald Busby, Frank Michael Beyer, Simon Bainbridge, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Martin Boykan, Peter Brötzmann, Elliott Carter, Chaya Czernowin, Gloria Coates, Frank Corcoran, Mario Davidovsvky, Christoph Delz, Joël-François Durand, Pascal Dusapin, Henri Dutilleux, Philippe Fénelon, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Finnissy, Beat Furrer, Fritz Geißler, Alexander Goehr, Geoffrey Gordon, Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Hans Werner Henze, Jörg Herchet, Philippe Hurel, Andrew Imbrie, Betsy Jolas, Günter Kochan, René Koering, Ulrich Leyendecker, Dame Elizabeth Maconchy, Ursula Mamlok, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Finn Mortensen, Thea Musgrave, Serge Nigg, Mauricio Pauly, Matthias Pintscher, Aribert Reimann, Marga Richter, Fausto Romitelli, Andrew Rudin, Friedrich Schenker, Christfried Schmidt, Gunther Schuller, Wolfram Schurig, Camillo Togni, Peter Westergaard, Hugh Wood, Charles Wuorinen, Rolv Yttrehus and Ruth Zechlin.

Randolph Pitts Leaving Las Vegas Academy Award Cristie Strongman abstract expressionism serialism new complexit Brian Ferneyhough New Complexity Cristie Strongman
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Music Lists and Playlists:

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Randolph Pitts, amatuer composer and Hollywood indie CEO, the genius behind the Academy Award Winning movie Leaving Las Vegas and the Sundance winning movie Fresh