Composition by Fresno State music professor receives international debut

Benjamin Boone Head Shot
Dr. Benjamin Boone

A musical composition written by Fresno State Music Professor Dr. Benjamin Boone will receive its international debut this Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Germany’s Verdi String Quartet , one of Germany’s leading chamber music ensembles, commissioned the piece, entitled “SLAM!,” to be premiered at the opening concert of a major music, Fetival Vielstag, in Fussen, Germany.

“I was actually frightened when I received this commission,” Boone said. “It had been a while since I tackled the genre of the string quartet. This genre is full of great pieces by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, etc., and so the repertoire is full of traditional big works. How could I compose something to compete with that? So I didn’t! I wrote jazz-influenced music that drives the entire piece. I think that is what they like about the piece – that it is atypical for this genre.”

This video focuses on the Verdi Quartet’s residency here earlier this year.

Verdi String Quartet



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