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SCORES

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ANDREW ANDERSON

Non utimini nomine - belongs to the tradition of utterances that avoid using the name of the person being discussed

STACEY BARELOS

A Meditation on Trump Tweets - using prepared D-flats, the pianist improvises on the keys in the rhythm of tweets

ARMANDO BAYOLO

Not a Real Catastrophe (Like Katrina) - a very personal reaction to the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

DAVID BOHN

Twitter Tantrump - does this need any explanation?

JAMES BOHN

Word Salad - Satie-style text accompanies this piece ("Elton John has an organ"...)

DON BOWYER

The Best Notes - 10-second piece with arm cluster and "Hail to the Chief" quote

A Very Stable Genius - LH ostinato, with RH quotation of "If I Only Had a Brain"

You're the Puppet - both hands wearing sock puppets, with RH quotation of "When You Wish Upon a Star"

MARK BULLER

States of Resistance - motif triggers an ostinato that unreasonably takes over everything else

VANESSA CORNETT

Tao Te Trump - sitting belligerently, with arms crossed (and the spiritual insight of a very stable genius), for 45 seconds

COREY CUNNINGHAM

People Are Saying - uses 45's verbal tic as source for musical motive, with frequent interruptions and frustrations 

ROB DEEMER

KNEEL - minimalistic unfolding of National Anthem representing both protest and perceived expectations

MICHELLE MCQUADE DEWHIRST

Hail No! - distorted quotes of "Hail to the Chief" represent sense of dread when reading latest 45 outburst

PAUL DICKINSON

#45words - improvisatory piece using computer program and 45 different words spoken by 45

DAVID DREXLER

Very Fine People - a canonic study on "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" (with apologies to the Dead Kennedys)

JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY

MOHAMMED FAIROUZ

DANIEL FELSENFELD

America Obscura - interwoven with Ives quotations, anthems gone to seed; the reign of fear, and a whiff of hope

WES FLINN

Betsy's Yachts (What Do You Do With a Wealthy Sailor) - quotes the famous shanty and gives DeVos a "grade"

JOEL FRIEDMAN

Bomb(ast) & Circumstance - a kaleidoscopic set of clues set as a Looney Tunes-style Fractured Fairytale

MICHAEL GOODMAN

The "Wettest Storm" - play on words with the "statement" on Hurricane Florence and the Stormy Daniels scandal

MICHAEL HALL

A-Hole in One - shifting mood markings, like "explosive and combative, insecurity, argumentative, and delusion"

LEE HARTMAN

VERY STABLE GENIUS - uses a matrix of 140 notes used; repeated As depict the screams of sane people everywhere

JASON HOOGERHYDE

King Midas and His Fool's Gold - like an aging monarch, emotionally unhinged, enamored with his own voice

JOSHUA JANDREAU

Little King Trash Mouth - played with the knuckles

KYLE JOHNSON

JENNIFER JOLLEY

Democracy Dies in Darkness - cells of 1-6 notes, played loudly, accented, and repeatedly, "pensive at the typewriter"

HEIDI JOOSTEN

Distracted - for piano and cellular phones!

OLIVIA KIEFER

BRENDAN KINSELLA

SAD! for speaking pianist - uses text from campaign speeches and early presidency, sections punctuated with "SAD!"

BRIAN LINNELL

President Trump's Twitter Feed - inspired by childish taunts, "Money Money Money Money," Russian national anthem.

ISAAC MAYHEW

Through and Through - a fast-paced, irritating portrait of a presidency

ROBERT MCCLURE

F*!#face von Clownstick - words associated with #45 are used to construct melodies in this piece with 140 beats

MARC MELLITS

LILA MERETZKY

How I learned to worry - One hundred and forty-one pressure-packed and vacuum-sealed measures of escalation

SALAM MURTADA AND VANESSA CORNETT

The Patriot (for Colin Kaepernick) - pianist kneels, playing a paraphrase of the National Anthem, all on black keys 

GREG NAHABEDIAN

45 Takes a Bow and Goes Home - score to a dream where 45 does a one man off-Broadway show. Uncomfortable...

JIM OLSEN

Permutations on 45 - spatial notation used, to show how a-metrical and arrhythmic 45 is as a public speaker

NICK OMICCIOLI

LOCK HER UP! - based on the eponymous campaign chant, and other text about HRC, uses "Dies Irae"

BOB OWENS

 Alone Can Fix It - a reference to #45's self-important speech at the RNC

SAMARA RICE

Building the Wall - reconstructed/deconstructed melodic material from U.S. and Mexican National Anthems used

LOGAN RUTLEDGE

Fortify - etude inspired by the false sense of security that a wall along the U.S./Mexico border gives

ADAM SCHUMAKER

J is for Genius - for speaking pianist

GARRETT SCHUMANN

Supremacy (toccata) - complex becomes simple through systematic removal of certain notes until there is only one left

ALAN SHOCKLEY

JASON SIFFORD

Look, Having Nuclear - interpretation of speech by 45 on 7/21/15 (a lengthy run-on sentence) with cheeky ostinato

ANDREW MARTIN SMITH

JUAN MARÍA SOLARE

NOLAN STOLZ

Variations on a Nambian [sic] Folk Song
Dotard

KATHLEEN THEISEN

Separated - dedicated to families who have been torn apart

NICHOLAS TRAN

Biggest Wall Possibly Ever - the piece builds a wall of sound that is clearly of little substance and totally ineffective

JOSH TRENTADUE

Bread and Circuses - raucous spectacle of sound and chaos; cluttered, unfocused, toxic, an incessant tantrum

ANDY VILLEMEZ

Donald's Daily Affirmations - for speaking pianist, over a chorale ("awkward and slightly inspirational")

ETHAN WICKMAN

Through a Glass, Darkly - drawing on ideas of reflection, this is a palindromic chaconne, with a 'wall' in the middle

MARK WINGES

45: What Comes After is More Important - loud, repeated, obstinate high Ds with spoken sounds, followed by beauty

BRYAN WYSOCKI

I Like Beer! - "after Brett Kavanaugh" for speaking pianist