“[This] American composer knows the importance of embracing the past while also going his own way. … [In] Beck’s forceful and expressive sound world … the writing is concise in structure and generous in tonal language, savouring both the dramatic and the poetic.”
– Donald Rosenberg (Gramophone, Dec. 2013)
Called “an original voice celebrating music” by MusicWeb International (2009), Jeremy Beck’s music has been described by NewMusicBox (2012) as “rhythmically intricate, and mak[ing] nods to the past while sitting squarely in the present. … Though architecturally rigorous, Beck writes clearly and without pretense[.]”
Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Beck’s music has been presented by New York City Opera, American Composers Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, the Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, Center for Contemporary Opera, Peabody Opera, Yale Opera, the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, IonSound Project, Pacific Serenades, and the Nevsky String Quartet, among others.
Diary for soprano, flute and guitar
Vox Novus Festival at Symphony Space (NYC)
Oct 24, 2015 at 8p
Third Delphic Hymn and Crossing Mountains
Robert Simonds, violin
WUOL Lunchtime Classics (Louisville)
Dec 16, 2015 at 12p
Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Kim Diehnelt, cond.
Forest View Educational Center
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Jan 31, 2016 at 3p
Black Water (a monodrama)
based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates
with Kenneth Fuch’s Falling Man
Center for Contemporary Opera (NYC)
Requiem and Kyrie (for the fallen)
Composed in 2015, this work for choir and string orchestra received its world premiere on 10 May at SACRARIUM 2015 in Lviv, Ukraine, with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra and Galician Academic Chamber Choir, Ferdinando Nazzaro, conductor.