The Many Views of Betty Freeman

A List of Works Commissioned by Betty Freeman

JOHN ADAMS
Opera Nixon in China - Grant in 1985 and 2 grants assist in 1987 to assist with composing.
Orchestra work Fearful Symmetries - 1988 grant to assist with composing.
Opera The Death of Klinghofer – 1989 grant to assist with composing. Grant to cover
pre-production costs 1990. A second grant in 1991 to assist
Theatre piece Ceiling/Sky – 1992 grant to prepare. A second grant in 1994 to help.
A third grant in 1995.
Financial assistance to record Harmonium.
Commissioned Scratchband for the Ensemble Modem of Frankfurt 1995.

GEORGE BENJAMIN
Commissioned Three Inventions for Chamber Orchestra 1994 for the 1995 Salzburg Festival.

HARRISON BIRTWISTLE
Co-commissioned his piano concerto Antiphonies 1993 for London Philharmonic & L.A. Philharmonic.
Commissioned in part his orchestra piece of Thirty Instruments for 2 conductors for L.A. Philharmonic 1997.
Not yet performed.
Commissioned 2 of the 5 Harrison’s Clocks for solo piano 1998.
(Dedicated to Betty Freeman and her walking partner Leonard Stein.)
Performed 1999 by Joanna MacGregor nos. 3 & 5

PHILIPPE BOESMANS
Commissioned Dreamtime for the Ensemble Intercontemporain 1993

HENRY BRANT
Financed his recording of 80 trombones 1979.
Produced a Newport Classic CD of his works 1993.

EARLE BROWN
Financed a SONY CD of his music performed by the S.F. Contemporary Music Players,
Stephen Mosko conductor 1998

JOHN CAGE
Annual grant for living expenses for 1965 to death.
The Freeman Etudes 1975 -1991 dedicated to Betty Freeman
Supported recording of Sixteen Dances 1984 by Paul Zukofsky
Grant for recording of Freeman Etudes 1983 by Paul Zukofsky.
Grant for recording by Newport Classic of Quartets and Music for Thirteen 1991.
Grant in 1993 to Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A. for performance by Janos Negysay.

COLBURN SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 grants.

DAVID COPE
Dedicated his machine-composed music The Freeman Quartet 1989 to Betty Freeman

MERCE CUNNINGHAM
Annual grants – 1988 to today

CHARLES DODGE
Commissioned a chamber piece The One and the Other 1991 for the L.A. Philharmonic New Music Group.
Dedicated to Betty Freeman. Performed 1993 in L.A.

DOGS OF DESIRE (New music group of David Alan Miller and the Albany Symphony)
Commissioned 5 pieces 1994 including works by Anthony Braxton, Todd Levin, Michael Torke
Commissioned 5 pieces 1995
Commissioned 5 pieces 1996
Commissioned 5 pieces 1997, 1998, 1999

PAUL DRESHER
Commissioned Re-Action symphonic work 1984 for San Francisco Symphony.
Grant for production of theater piece Slow Fire 1985 at the L.A. Music Center.
Assisted with recording 1991.
Commissioned a tape installation Free Sound 1986 for the L.A. Institute of Contemporary Art.
Yearly grants to assist generally since 1985 to 1997.

JACOB DRUCKMAN
Grant to help with New World CD of his complete orchestra music, 1998.
David Zinman & The Philadelphia Orchestra

ENSEMBLE INTERCONTEMPORAIN
Grant for their appearance in L.A. 1999 at UCLA and their U.S. tour.

ROBERT ERICKSON
Commissioned orchestra work of Auroras 1985 for the L.A. Philharmonic.
Commissioned string quartet Solstice 1985 for the L.A. Sequoia Quartet.
Commissioned Corfu 1986 string quartet for the Kronos Quartet.
Commissioned Corona 1986 orchestral tone poem for the L.A. Philharmonic.
Commissioned Recent Impressions 1987 for CONTINUUM, New York chamber group.

MORTON FELDMAN
Assisted with recording of For John Cage by Paul Zukofsky and Marianne Schroeder.
Financed Newport Classic recording of For Samuel Beckett 1991
by San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Stephen Mosko, conductor.

LORENZO FERRERO
Grant in Turin, Italy for a new piece 1998.

BEAT FURRER
Commissioned in 1994 Nuva – 1995/6 for 2 pianos and orchestra for the 1996 Salzburg Festival,
played by the Klangforum Wien, conducted by Furrer.

PETER GARLAND
Annual grants from 1971 to 1992 for his music publication Soundings.
Commissioned opera Conquest of Mexico 1985 for the California Institute of the Arts.
Commissioned String Quartet 1986 for the Kronos Quartet

PHILIP GLASS
Support in 1970’s for his recordings, including Music in Twelve Parts, 1974.

ALEXANDER GOEHR
Commissioned chamber piece (quintet) Five Objects Darkly 1996
for the Southwest Chamber Music Players of Los Angeles, performed 1997

LOU HARRISON
He composed a serenade for Betty Freeman’s wedding to Franco Assetto 1978.
Assisted with commission for puppet opera Young Caesar 1987
for Portland (Washington) Gay Music Chorus.
Commissioned ballet score New Moon 1987 for Erich Hawkins Dance Company.
Commissioned his Piano Concerto 1988 for Keith Jarrett and the New Japan Philharmonic.
Co-produced and helped financed recording of CD with New World Records 1988 of the Piano Concerto.
Additional grant in 1988 for it.
Commissioned his book of poetry 1992 Joys & Perplexities
Grant for re-issue by CRI of his recordings.
Grant to cover costs of gamelan Si Betty.
Grant in 1997 to assist with his CD by Brooklyn Philharmonic & Dennis Russel Davies, conductor.

BILL T. JONES
Annual grants since 1991 for his dance company.

WILLIAM KRAFT
Assistance with recordings.

DANIEL LENTZ
Commissioned Wild Turkeys 1984 for three keyboards.
Commissioned Crack in the Bell 1986 for orchestra and voice for the L.A. Philharmonic.
Co-produced & financed recording by Angel Records 1987 of Crack in the Bell.
Commissioned tone poem An American in L.A. 1989 for the L.A. Philharmonic.

MAGNUS LINDBERG
Co-commissioned Fresco in 1998 for the L.A. Philharmonic

ISRAEL “CACHAO” LOPEZ — Cuban composer
Commissioned his Mambo Mass March 1999 to be premiered in L.A.

WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI
Co-commissioned his Symphony No.4 for the L.A. Philharmonic, 1993.

TOD MACHOVER
Commissioned his Hyper-Viola Concerto 1991 for the L.A. Philharmonic New Music Group.
Grant in 1993 for his MIT tenure in the Media Lab.

STEVEN MACKEY
Assisted with Newport Classic recording 1993 of his music
Commissioned Deal 1993

INGRAM MARSHALL
Commissioned string quartet La Dolce Vita for the Kronos Quartet.
Commissioned 1988 A Peaceable Kingdom 1989 for pre-recorded tape & chamber ensemble for the
L.A. Philharmonic New Music Group, dedicated to me.

LEON MILO
Grant to cover copying costs of his orchestral score Quintrillium 1991.

THEA MUSGRAVE
With Betty Freeman’s 2000 donation to the Colburn School they commissioned a work from her.

CONLON NANCARROW
In 1991 Betty Freeman gave him a grant.
Commissioned three Studies For Player Piano including Study No. 42
for Monday Evening Concerts of L.A.
Commissioned Study 1985 & Piece No.2 for small orchestra (1985-6)
  for CONTINUUM chamber group of New York
Commissioned transcription of Studies for chamber ensemble
for the L.A. Philharmonic New Music Group by Dorrance Stalvey
performed 1985 by the L.A Philharmonic New Music Group.
Three grants in 1991 for Study for Orchestra, 1990/91 for 3 keyboards & orchestra
for the L.A. Philharmonic – not performed by them but by the Juilliard Student Orchestra
conducted by Joel Sachs
In 1999 was re-scored and performed in England by Thomas Adès.
Dedicated to Betty Freeman.
It is an orchestration by Carlos Sandoval of Study 49a and 49b.

HARRY PARTCH
Grants for living 1964 -1974.
Grants to UCLA 1969 for production of his last opera Delusion of the Fury.
Produced and financed documentary film 1972 The Dreamer that Remains.
Commissioned his composition The Dreamer that Remains 1972
Assisted CRI with their CD re-issue of The Bewitched.
Formed the Harry Partch Foundation in 1972 and financed it and directed it for one year.

MATTHIAS PINTSCHER
Betty Freeman began the commission in 1998 for an opera titled Heliogabal
for the Salzburg Festival of 2002. Also paid the librettist Thomas Jonigk.
Commissioned Five Orchestra Pieces for the 1997 Salzburg Festival “Next Generation” program

MEL POWELL
Commissioned Duplicates: A Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra 1990 for the L.A Philharmonic.
Commissioned in 1987. (Pulitzer Prize 1990)
Co-produced and financed recording of Duplicates and Modules by Harmonia Mundi.
Commissioned Piano Trio 1994 for the Francesca Trio of Berkeley in 1993.

STEVE REICH
Annual grants 1980 to date.
Grants for Music for 18 Musicians, 1974 & 1975
Commissioned Music for a Large Ensemble, 1978
Grant for Variations for Winds, Strings and Keyboards, 1979 (It is dedicated to Betty Freeman.)
Grant for Octet. 1979
Commissioned Vermont Counterpoint 1982 for solo flute. (It is dedicated to Betty Freeman.)
Grant for Tehillim 1982
Grant for recording Desert Music 1985
Commissioned Different Trains 1988, string quartet for the Kronos Quartet.
Won the 1990 Grammy Award.
Grant for The Cave 1993

TERRY RlLEY
Commissioned Salome Dances for Peace Parts II and V 1986 for the Kronos Quartet.
Commissioned 120 Minutes for Four Quartets 1988 for the Cabrillo Music Festival, Aptos, CA.

NED ROREM
Commissioned More Than a Day, song cycle for counter tenor and orchestra to poems by Jack Larson 1993
Grant in 1999 for the CD recording of same piece by Jeffrey Kahane, conductor.

CHRISTOPHER ROUSE
Commissioned Cello Concerto 1993 for Yo-Yo Ma and the L.A. Philharmonic.
(Dedicated to Betty Freeman)

FREDERIC RZEWSKI
Produced and financed Newport Classic CD of his performing his solo piano music 1995.
Andante Con Moto, variations for solo piano 1992, is dedicated to Betty Freeman

KAIJA SAARIAHO
Commissioned the 1995 Chateau De L ‘Amei in 1994
for the 1996 Salzburg Festival – Five Songs for soprano, eight female voices and orchestra.
Funded the opera Clemence or L ‘Amour De Loin in 1998 and 1999 for the 2000 Salzburg Festival.
Also funded librettist, Amin Maalouf.

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN
Co-commissioned his Sappho Fragments 1999 song cycle for the 1999 Ojai Festival.

SALZBURG FESTIVAL
Four commissions in 1995 for the 1996 Festival:
George Benjamin for 1997
Kaija Saariaho
Marco Stroppa
Beat Furrer.

STEVEN SCHICK
Produced and financed a Newport Classic CD of his solo percussion pieces in 1994.

CHARLES SCHWARTZ
Commissioned Solo Brothers 1989, a jazz symphony.
Commissioned Mother… Mother.

PETER SELLARS
Grant for directing The Death of Klinghoffer 1989
Grants in 1992 and 1993 and 1994 for Ceiling/Sky
Grant in 1993 for producing the Los Angeles Festival
Grant in 1993 for Oedipus Rex at Salzburg.

NICOLAS SLONIMSKY
Annual grants from 1988 to death.

DORRANCE STALVEY – assisted with several recordings.

LEONARD STEIN
Five commissions for piano pieces, 1995, 19….96, 1997
1997 to Mark Applebaum for Disciplines piano solo, premiered Jan. 1999 in Pasadena.
Dedicated to Betty Freeman and pianist Gloria Cheng
1999 to Jorge Lidennan for an untitled piano piece.

MARCO STROPPA
Commissioned Piano Concerto A Blade of Grass 1994 for 1996 Salzburg Festival.

MORTON SUBOTNICK
Commissioned The Key to Songs 1986 for the L.A. Phil New Music Group.
Commissioned Jacob’s Room string quartet with soprano for the Kronos Quartet.
Commissioned orchestra version The Key to Songs 1991-91 for the Los Angeles Philharmonic
plus copying score cost.

JAMES TENNEY
Commissioned Song ‘N’ Dance for Harry Partch in 1997 for the SWR of Baden-Baden;
premiered in 1999 at Donaueschingen, cond. by Sylvain Cambreling.

VIRGIL THOMSON
Grants with production of his opera The Mother of us All (1970s)
Grant for recording of same by New World Records
Grant to assist with production of opera Lord Byron
Grant in 1988
Grant 1989 for Albany Records CD by James Bolle & Monadnock Orchestra
Grant in 1991 for their CD of Lord Byron.
Grant to assist with Houston Opera production Four Saints in Three Acts.
He composed Dead Pan – one-page portrait of Betty Freeman.

ROBERT WILSON
Annual World Sponsor grants since 1988
Grant to 1995 Salzburg Festival for his production of Einstein on the Beach
Additional donation 1997 for his Watermill School
Additional donation 1995 for costumes for his Bluebeard’s Castle production at Salzburg.
Additional donation in 1993 for his Venice Prize.
1997 additional donation for his Houston auction
1995 additional donation for Watermill benefit
1999 additional donation for fabricating Blue Goose

LA MONTE YOUNG
Annual grants 1961 through the 1970’s
Commissioned a sound and light box 1967

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