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Talking Points (2020)

(Chamber Winds + Fixed Media)

Talking Points is my second piece centered on the topic of political discourse. It was written just after the disastrous first presidential debate on September 29, 2020, and much of the material for the accompanying fixed media tracks is sourced from that event.


The piece was premiered at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI on March 14, 2021 by the University of Michigan concert band under the direction of Dr. Courtney Snyder.

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Piano Suite: Distance Humors (2020)

Distance Humors is a six-movement piano suite written as a response to the various emotional and psychological effects of self-isolation and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each movement is a representation of one of these effects or "humors" and is based on a particular melodic or harmonic interval, and each was recorded by a different pianist:

I. Mechanical: Isidora Jovanović Driscoll

II. Detached: Karalyn Schubring

III. Spirited: Brandon Lee

IV. Aggressive: Kaden Larson

V. Introspective: Sara Mitton

VI. Restless, Del Parkinson

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String Quartet No 2: "Caricatures" (2016)

String Quartet No. 3:

"Currents" (2018)

"Currents" was commissioned by Amy Thacker for Plastic Ocean: Communicating Crisis Through the Arts, which is a multimedia collaboration about plastics pollution in the ocean featuring a narrative drama by Utah writer Kayley Dudley. Each movement addresses a different aspect of plastics pollution, with the final movements serving as a call to action. Learn more about the ocean cleanup project here

Amy Thacker Anderson, violin I

Abby Wuehler, violin II

Nicole Jamison, viola

Kimberly Lewin, cello

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"Caricatures" was written for the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where it was performed on June 10, 2016. Each movement is inspired by a distinct mood or characteristic found in political satire.

Ion-Alexandru Malaimare, violin I

Kai Wei Chen, violin II

Elizabeth Trower, viola

Nikita Annenkov, violoncello

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I. Impetuous
II. Cunning

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III. Vain

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I. Consume
II. Produce
III. Fragment
IV. Gyrate / V. Synthesize

Quintet: Stages (2016)

"Stages" is the result of a collaboration with the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute. It is meant to evoke the daily struggles of Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers as the disease progresses over time. Read more here.

Stephanie Hoeckley, flute

Krisiti Hanno, clarinet

Brynn Vance, violin

Sarah Knight, viola

Jun Lee, cello

Pierrot Ensemble: Albatross (2018)

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"Albatross" is a piece for mezzo-soprano and Pierrot ensemble that I composed for the Oregon Bach Festival Composers' Symposium in July 2019. The text is by Utah-based poet Chad Crane. It was performed on July 5th and July 7th by guests artists at the Symposium.

Sarah Brauer, mezzo-soprano

Molly Barth, flute

James Shields, clarinet

David Felberg, violin

Stephen Mitton, cello

Grant Mack, piano

Caleb Wenzel, conductor

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Piano Concerto: "Voyagers" (2014)

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"Voyagers" is a piano concerto inspired by Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. It was performed in July of 2014 by Dr. Del Parkinson of Boise State University and the Memphis Repertory Orchestra, under the direction of William Langley. Read more here.

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Song Cycle: Urban Haiku (2014)

"Urban Haiku" is a setting of seven haiku by Nick Manning. The work was commissioned by Soprano Elizabeth Tait and was premiered in February of 2014 at Utah State university.

Elizabeth Tait, soprano

Noah Smith, piano

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© 2021 by Stephen Mitton

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