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NYWC May 2024 Spotlight: Anna Maria Manalo

We are excited to continue our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). This month, we present a piece by Anna Maria Manalo.

Anna Maria Manalo Pieces of Mind Part 2 for cello piano violin and glockenspiel

Bio (adapted from the composer’s website):

Anna Maria Manalo is a versatile musician who combines chamber music with science, offering listeners new ways to hear the world. Based in New York, she is a pianist and violinist as well as a composer. Her performances have graced stages from Manila’s Abelardo Hall to New York’s Carnegie Hall and the High Line, where she aims to inspire transformative experiences in her audiences.

Her Music and Microbes series explores the connection between science and art in programs featuring works by Chopin, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky. She is the co-creator of a gallery installation at Stony Brook University’s Zuccaire Gallery that fuses ancient Filipino songs with her original piano compositions.

Anna’s compositions have premiered at venues including the Philippine Consulate, the United Nations, and the Pan Asian Music Festival in San Francisco. Her compositions frequently layer live and pre-recorded improvisations, often drawing from her Filipino heritage.

Anna directs a bi-monthly chamber music series at the Gathering Place, a homeless shelter for women and LGBTQ moms in Denver, CO. She also directs the MCP Chamber Music Healing series in New York at Mt. Sinai Hospital, as well as two chamber music series at health institutions in Alberta, Canada.

Educated in piano and violin at CUNY Hunter College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Anna furthered her studies in composition at the Manhattan School of Music and Aspen Music School. She has completed Music Therapy Training at the University of Alberta and is certified as a MusicCare Artist.

Featured Work: Pieces of Mind Part 2 for Cello, Piano, Violin, Glockenspiel


  • Title: Pieces of Mind Part 2
  • Composer: Anna Maria Manalo
  • Year of Composition: 2023
  • Instrumentation: cello, piano, violin, and glockenspiel
  • Movements: 1 (of 3, please see composer’s note)
  • Duration of Work: 4’
  • Number of Measures: 137
  • Number of pages: 13
  • Tempo: quarter note = 80
  • Difficulty Level: intermediate
  • Highest Position Reached: 4th position
  • Techniques Employed: sul ponticello or col legno; bass, tenor, and treble clefs; 3/4, 1/1, 2/4, and 4/4 time signatures; left-hand pizzicato and pizzicato; 3 against two with the violin part
  • Publisher: Self-published
  • Where to Purchase the Score: Email the composer
  • Cost of Score: Available upon request by email to the composer.


Performance Notes

One measure in the opening cello monologue was originally marked “col legno” (playing on the stick of the bow), but I changed it to “sur le pont” (sur le pont/ponticello – playing on the bridge of the cello). This worked out just fine for the performance. This is the second movement of the work “Pieces of Mind.” I’ve added a movement in between so as of now, the work is now the 3rd movement.” – Anna Maria Manalo

Program Notes

“The cello voice is intentionally more prominent than usual in this piano trio setting. “Pieces of Mind” is inspired by Franz Schubert’s “An Die Musik,” which is quoted. This movement of “Pieces of Mind” was inspired and composed for NYC cellist Sonna Kim. She encouraged me to compose again after a long hiatus, and it worked. “Pieces of Mind” is suitable for intermediate level chamber players.” – Anna Maria Manalo


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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