Modus Nodus

Elizabeth Hoffman (composer)

Catalog #: TROY0610
Release Date: October 1, 2003
Format: Digital

Elizabeth Hoffman holds degrees in music from Swarthmore College, SUNY Stony Brook, and the University of Washington. She studied composition and analog electronic music with electronic music pioneer Bulent Arel at Stony Brook. During her doctoral composition studies at the University of Washington, she began using computers for musical ends. Elizabeth Hoffman's recognition includes awards from the Seattle Arts Commission; American Composers Forum Jerome Foundation; Bourges International Competition Residence prize; and Prix Ars Electronica Mention. She is currently Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Music at New York University, where she also directs the Washington Square Computer Music Studio.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Modus Nodus Elizabeth Hoffman Jayn Rosenfeld, flute, Curtis Macomber, violin, Christopher Finckel, cello
Barrissement d'Elephant Elizabeth Hoffman Ryan Dorin, piano, Jean Kopperud, bass clarinet, Taimur Sullivan, saxophones, Lois Martin, viola, Christopher Finckel, cello, Domonic Donato, percussion, Thomas Carling, conductor
Waterways Elizabeth Hoffman Lois Martin, viola, Christopher Finckel, cello
Geminis Elizabeth Hoffman Stephen Paysen, Dominc Donato, percussion
O.A. (Onder Andere) Elizabeth Hoffman Daan Vandewalle, piano
Three Short Stories Elizabeth Hoffman Taimur Sullivan, saxophone


  • [One] cannot easily place her music in a style category... The dense and doleful cragginess of ÔWaterways' brings to mind Carter's quartets... ÔBarrissement d'Elephant' is perhaps the most arresting work on the disc. Via extended woodwind techniques combined effectively, it conjures up lethargic wild animals of the jungle. If ou're into timbral exploration... [this] disc might be up your alley.

    – American Record Guide

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