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NYWC February 2024 Spotlight: Camille De Beus

We are excited to continue our collaboration with the New York Women Composers. This month, we spotlight composer Camille De Beus.

NYWC Spotlight Camille De Beus i'm going round in circles for cello and violin

Bio (abridged from Camille De Beus’s website):

Brooklyn-based composer and performer Camille De Beus’ works range from “choral-like pieces with complicated harmonic structures to more upbeat, jazzy numbers,” and her songs have been praised as “catchy and musically nuanced” by The Argus. She has had work premiered by the Mivos Quartet.

De Beus has performed nationally and internationally; she premiered and recorded Lisa Lukas’ “To Raise the Windhorse,” and received the honor of being chosen as The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust’s first Musical Ambassador in 2015.

In addition to composing and performing, De Beus has also volunteered for music non-profits, working as a musical coach for The Harmony Project’s orchestra. More recently, she has done work in arts administration as the performer Gabriel Garzon-Montano’s personal assistant. In 2019, she completed a digital design course at the School for Visual Arts.

De Beus holds a BA with honors in Music from Wesleyan University, where she studied composition under the direction of Dr. Tyshawn Sorey. She also holds a Masters of Music in Composition from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Her other principal teachers include Nancy Arnold (piano), Giacomo Gates (jazz vocals), Ronald Ebrecht (organ), and Morgan Gerstmar (viola).

Featured Work: “i’m going round in circles” for cello and violin

COMPOSITION DETAILS

  • Title: “i’m going round in circles”
  • Composer: Camille De Beus
  • Year of Composition: 2022
  • Instrumentation: cello and violin
  • Movements: 1
  • Duration of Work: 3:41
  • Number of Measures: 88
  • Number of pages: 3
  • Tempo:half note = 76 bpm
  • Difficulty Level: advanced/professional
  • Highest Position Reached: thumb
  • Techniques Employed: blending, pizzicato, harmonics, thumb position, treble clef
  • Publisher: Self-published
  • Where to Purchase the Score: email the composer
  • Cost of Score*: $12

Recording

Program Notes

This is a duet about not being able to make up your mind. As such, all unison phrases should be played with blending in mind so that they sound as similar to one instrument as possible. I wanted the cello to explore playing with higher violin-like parts and its mutability in the string family. – Camille De Beus

Camille De Beus’s Other Work with a Prominent Cello Part

Links


A Collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC)

The NYWC series at the Cello Museum was created to showcase its members who have composed various pieces for cello, informing cellists seeking new music to add to their repertoire, and helping listeners find new favorites. Many thanks to the NYWC for this wonderful collaboration.

Read other installments in the series here.


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