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Non utimini nomine - belongs to the tradition of utterances that avoid using the name of the person being discussed
A Meditation on Trump Tweets - using prepared D-flats, the pianist improvises on the keys in the rhythm of tweets
Not a Real Catastrophe (Like Katrina) - a very personal reaction to the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
Twitter Tantrump - does this need any explanation?
Word Salad - Satie-style text accompanies this piece ("Elton John has an organ"...)
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"
States of Resistance - motif triggers an ostinato that unreasonably takes over everything else
Tao Te Trump - sitting belligerently, with arms crossed (and the spiritual insight of a very stable genius), for 45 seconds
People Are Saying - uses 45's verbal tic as source for musical motive, with frequent interruptions and frustrations
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
#45words - improvisatory piece using computer program and 45 different words spoken by 45
Very Fine People - a canonic study on "Nazi Punks Fuck Off" (with apologies to the Dead Kennedys)
JACK CURTIS DUBOWSKY
America Obscura - interwoven with Ives quotations, anthems gone to seed; the reign of fear, and a whiff of hope
Betsy's Yachts (What Do You Do With a Wealthy Sailor) - quotes the famous shanty and gives DeVos a "grade"
Bomb(ast) & Circumstance - a kaleidoscopic set of clues set as a Looney Tunes-style Fractured Fairytale
The "Wettest Storm" - play on words with the "statement" on Hurricane Florence and the Stormy Daniels scandal
A-Hole in One - shifting mood markings, like "explosive and combative, insecurity, argumentative, and delusion"
VERY STABLE GENIUS - uses a matrix of 140 notes used; repeated As depict the screams of sane people everywhere
King Midas and His Fool's Gold - like an aging monarch, emotionally unhinged, enamored with his own voice
Little King Trash Mouth - played with the knuckles
A Small Handful of Forty-Five Note Miniatures for Small Hands - the name says it all
Democracy Dies in Darkness - cells of 1-6 notes, played loudly, accented, and repeatedly, "pensive at the typewriter"
Distracted - for piano and cellular phones!
SAD! for speaking pianist - uses text from campaign speeches and early presidency, sections punctuated with "SAD!"
President Trump's Twitter Feed - inspired by childish taunts, "Money Money Money Money," Russian national anthem.
Through and Through - a fast-paced, irritating portrait of a presidency
F*!#face von Clownstick - words associated with #45 are used to construct melodies in this piece with 140 beats
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
45 Takes a Bow and Goes Home - score to a dream where 45 does a one man off-Broadway show. Uncomfortable...
Permutations on 45 - spatial notation used, to show how a-metrical and arrhythmic 45 is as a public speaker
LOCK HER UP! - based on the eponymous campaign chant, and other text about HRC, uses "Dies Irae"
Alone Can Fix It - a reference to #45's self-important speech at the RNC
Building the Wall - reconstructed/deconstructed melodic material from U.S. and Mexican National Anthems used
Fortify - etude inspired by the false sense of security that a wall along the U.S./Mexico border gives
J is for Genius - for speaking pianist
Supremacy (toccata) - complex becomes simple through systematic removal of certain notes until there is only one left
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
Variations on a Nambian [sic] Folk Song
Separated - dedicated to families who have been torn apart
Biggest Wall Possibly Ever - the piece builds a wall of sound that is clearly of little substance and totally ineffective
Bread and Circuses - raucous spectacle of sound and chaos; cluttered, unfocused, toxic, an incessant tantrum
Donald's Daily Affirmations - for speaking pianist, over a chorale ("awkward and slightly inspirational")
Through a Glass, Darkly - drawing on ideas of reflection, this is a palindromic chaconne, with a 'wall' in the middle
45: What Comes After is More Important - loud, repeated, obstinate high Ds with spoken sounds, followed by beauty
I Like Beer! - "after Brett Kavanaugh" for speaking pianist