SELECTED WORKS 2017: Undiscarded Suite (9’ for chamber orchestra) 2016: Untitled (40’ electronic piece to accompany an ice skating show) Stuck on “E” (8’15” for violin and piano) Abyss (6’ for live computer synthesis and projected video) Ciudad sin Sueρo (7’30” for voice and piano) Back and Forth (5’ for solo violin) 2015: Different Directions (5’ for string orchestra) Undiscarded (30’ electronic piece to accompany a theatre piece) Lyric Piece (3’30, for wind ensemble) PRT (variable length for live computer synthesis and projected video) Other Parts (6’ for clarinet, violin, and marimba) Filmstudie (3'45” electronic) Tumbledown Mountain (11’ for solo harp) Rikers Island (3’45 for solo harpsichord) 2014: The Broken Tower (7’30” for voice and piano) Summer Trio (10' for flute, cello, and piano) Brass Quintet “Canons” (9'45”) Four Marches (9'30" for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and percussion) Through an Intangible Forest (5'30" for chamber orchestra) 2013: Mobile (4’30” for solo cello) Appalachia Sketches (10'30" for flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone, and piano) String Quartet No. 2 “Empire” (18'30”) 2012: Rondo Adagio (5'30” for wind ensemble) 2011: Dubliners (12' for small chamber orchestra) 2009: Adjustments (2' for cello and piano) Come Home (3'5” for soprano and piano) Reflections (11' for small chamber orchestra) 2008: The Mystery of Pain (6'5” for chorus and chamber orchestra) Project (6' for small chamber orchestra) 2007: Sonata for 2 Clarinets (5')

BIO Ben Safran's compositions have been performed throughout the United States, including by Network for New Music, Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, Calliope, the Commonwealth School Orchestra, Temple Composers' Orchestra, and Temple University New Music Ensemble. He has been commissioned by world-championship ice skater Brooke Frieling, Philadelphia's Kaleid Theater, and Boston's Commonwealth School. He is a winner of the 2017 Dolce Suono Ensemble Steven Stucky Young Composers Award. A native of Massachusetts, he is currently pursuing his PhD in music from Temple University where he has studied with Mark Zaki, Maurice Wright, Matthew Greenbaum and Alexander deVaron. He previously earned a B.A. in music from Haverford College where he studied with Ingrid Arauco and Curt Cacioppo. He currently teaches the seminar in music composition at Temple University, where he has also taught ear training for Music Theory I, II, and III and assisted in music history courses. He has also taught a mini-course in music theory for singers in the Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chorale. As an undergraduate Ben minored in the growth and structure of cities and education, and had a variety of music teaching experiences, from an independent elementary school, to a West Philadelphia public high school, to a high school for students with learning disabilities. His research interests include interdisciplinary approaches to studying music and social justice, music theory pedagogy, musical hermeneutics, protest music, and identity studies in music. His dissertation will be on contemporary classical composers' uses of social justice and political themes in their concert music. Ben's goal as a composer is to create music that carries emotional meaning for listeners. In addition, Ben's interest in the intersections between music and social justice often manifests itself in his work and scholarship.

Compositions

Summer Trio


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performed by members of Network for New Music at a masterclass at Temple University in March 2015