Composer Gary Noland recites the 35th section of his 25-hour chamber novel (in progress) "Jagdlied" Op. 20. He has been editing, revising, and expanding this work for over 23 years since its inception in February, 1991. The text is written for narrator and an unspecified number of musicians who are presumed to be skilled improvisers. He has devised an elaborate system of cues for performers to insure a successful rendition of this work.
Gary's catalogue consists of over 400 works, which include piano, vocal, chamber, experimental and electronic pieces, full-length plays in verse, "chamber novels," and graphically notated scores. His "39 Variations on an Original Theme in F Major" for solo piano (Op. 98) is, at almost two hours duration, one of the longest set of solo piano variations in the history of the genre. He has been called "the Richard Strauss of the 21st century" and "the most virtuosic composer of fugue alive today." His compositions have been performed and broadcast in many locations throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, and Australia. He founded the Seventh Species concert series in San Francisco in 1990 and has, since, produced over fifty concerts of contemporary concert hall music on the West Coast. Gary is also a founding member of Cascadia Composers. Gary has taught music at Harvard and the University of Oregon and currently teaches piano, theory, and composition as an independent instructor in Portland, Oregon. A number of his works (fiction, music, and graphic scores) have been published (and/or are slated for publication) in various litmags, including Quarter After Eight, The Berkeley Fiction Review, The Portland Review, Denali, The Monarch Review, The NewerYork Press, The Writing Disorder, Prick of the Spindle, and Heavy Feather Review. His graphic scores are included in Theresa Sauer's book "Notations 21," which is a sequel to John Cage's celebrated compilation of graphic scores "Notations" (first published in 1969). His scores are available from J.W. Pepper, RGM, and Freeland Publications. Six CDs of his compositions are available on North Pacific Music at: northpacificmusic.com. To read more about Gary Noland, go to: garynolandcomposer.com.