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Nico Muhly

August 26, 1981 -
born in Vermont
While he has achieved considerable success with the choral work Bright Mass with Canons (2005) and film score for The Reader (2008), Nico Muhly has generated greater notoriety for his first opera Two Boys (2011), a composition drawing decidedly mixed reviews but clearly unveiling a major new voice in opera. Remarkably, all these works and many more were written before Muhly was 30. Besides opera, film, and choral music, he has written orchestral scores, various vocal works, and much instrumental fare, including percussion music and solo piano music. Muhly's style is made up of minimalist and romantic elements, and in both his thematic character and choral music he acknowledges the influence of the Anglican choral tradition. Muhly has worked as an arranger for such groups as the multi-genre ensemble Antony and the Johnsons and the rock band Grizzly Bear. He also worked extensively with composer Philip Glass in his New York City Soho studio. Muhly's works are widely available on recordings from such labels as Decca, Innova, Bedroom Community, and others.

Nico Muhly was born in Vermont on August 26, 1981. Raised in Providence, RI, he sang in his church choir as a child and began studying the piano from age ten. He studied English at Columbia University and from his sophomore year (1999) worked with Glass, often editing film scores and stage works. Muhly later earned a master's degree at Juilliard where his composition teachers included John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse.

While Muhly was active from 2002 composing such works as Beaming Music, for percussion and organ, and the choral piece Set Me as a Seal (2003), he drew broad notice for his collaboration with popular singer Björk on her 2004 DVD Oceania.

Soon he was on a meteoric ascent: Muhly's 2006 Wish You Were Here was premiered by the Boston Pops and his 2008 Step Team was given its first performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 Muhly ceased working as an assistant to Glass, a composer and mentor with whom he remained close.

Among the most prestigious of Muhly's premieres were the New York Philharmonic presentation of Detailed Instructions in 2010, and the English National Opera premiere of Two Boys in June 2011. The Metropolitan Opera signed on to give the major U.S. premiere of Two Boys in the 2013-2014 season. Among Muhly's more acclaimed recordings is the 2011 Decca CD of Step Team and other Muhly works and arrangements, led by Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra. ~ Robert Cummings, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Nico Muhly: Two Boys

Disc 1
Title: Two Boys, Opera
Disc 2
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Track List: Drones

Title: Drones & Piano

1. Drones & Piano: Drones & Piano: Pt. I

2. Drones & Piano: Drones & Piano: Pt. II

3. Drones & Piano: Drones & Piano: Pt. III (The 8th Tune)

4. Drones & Piano: Drones & Piano: Pt. IV

5. Drones & Piano: Drones & Piano: Pt. V

Title: Drones & Viola

6. Drones & Viola: Part I: Material In D

7. Drones & Viola: Part II: Material In A Handsome Stack

8. Drones & Viola: Part III: Material With No Tricks

9. Drones & Viola: Part IV: Material In A Long Cadnece

Title: Drones & Violin

10. Drones & Violin: Part I: Material In Eb

11. Drones & Violin: Part II: Material In Sevenths

12. Drones & Violin: Part III: Material In Two Keys

13. Drones & Violin: Part IV: Material With Shifting Drones

Title: Drones In Large Cycles

14. Drones In Large Cycles: Drones In Large Cycles

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Track List: Mothertongue

Title: Mothertongue, For Solo Voice

1. Mothertongue, For Solo Voice: I. Archive

2. Mothertongue, For Solo Voice: II. Shower

3. Mothertongue, For Solo Voice: III. Hress

4. Mothertongue, For Solo Voice: IV. Monster

Title: Wonders, For Trombones & Voice

5. Wonders, For Trombones & Voice: I. New Things & New Tidings

6. Wonders, For Trombones & Voice: II. The Devil Appear'd In The Shape Of A Man

7. Wonders, For Trombones & Voice: III. A Complaint Against Thomas Weelkes

Title: The Only Tune, For Banjo, Guitar & Voice

8. The Only Tune, For Banjo, Guitar & Voice: I. The Two Sisters

9. The Only Tune, For Banjo, Guitar & Voice: II. The Old Mill Pond

10. The Only Tune, For Banjo, Guitar & Voice: III. The Only Tune

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Track List: Speaks Volumes

Title: Volumes

1. Volumes: Clear Music

2. Volumes: It Goes Without Saying

3. Volumes: Honest Music

4. Volumes: Quiet Music

5. Volumes: Pillaging Music

6. Volumes: Hudson Cycle

7. Volumes: Keep In Touch

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Track List: Drones & Violin

Title: Drones & Violin

1. Drones & Violin: Part I: Material In Eb

2. Drones & Violin: Part II: Material In Sevenths

3. Drones & Violin: Part III: Material In Two Keys

4. Drones & Violin: Part IV: Material With Shifting Drones

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Track List: Keep In Touch - EP

Title: Viola Concerto

1. Viola Concerto: Part I.

2. Viola Concerto: Part II.

3. Viola Concerto: Part III.

Title: Keep In Touch (2016)

4. Keep In Touch (2016): Keep In Touch

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Track List: Nico Muhly: I Drink the Air Before Me

Title: I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet

1. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Fire Down Below

2. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: First Storm

3. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Salty Dog

4. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Varied Carols

5. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Music Under Pressure I

6. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Music Under Pressure II

7. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Jagged Pulses

8. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Music For Boys

9. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Music For Gino

10. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Music Under Pressure III

11. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: Storm Center

12. I Drink The Air Before Me, Ballet: One Day Tells Its Tale To Another

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Track List: Scent Opera

1. Scent Opera: Scent Opera

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wonderful composer, I love The Reader score.
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This is awesome.
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bartell2000
where is the bio?
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captivating melody - haunting, mystical, lovely. best song i've heard today!
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l1db
They need to add his score from the movie "The Reader" also. That score is hauntingly beautiful.
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pnsundown
HE'S GOOD!!

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