"making magic out of sound"


Kim Diehnelt score tutor

Although known primarily for her work on the podium, Kim Diehnelt received initial musical training in the US and Finland as clarinetist and composer. 2011 marked a return to this original passion. Her compositions show a refined use of time and gesture, frequently employing counterpoint and modern-modal tonalities within a succinct time frame.

Commissioning a new work

Commissioning allows anyone to participate in bringing beauty and art into our world.

You may want to commission a work in honor of a special person or event, offer it as a gift or tribute, or use it to provide repertoire for outstanding artists or instrument types. I enjoy writing for specific players, to get to know their inherent character and persuasions. Ideally, the final work will offer the artist and listener a rich source of inspiration, complexity and depth. A guideline for commissioning rates is available through NewMusic USA


Solo


Impromptu
solo piano

“Austere counterpoint of quiet, timeless reflection punctuated by pauses of full, warm harmony. A captured moment - it lingers in the morning air.”

2011

Recording

Review

Premiere: Anne Ku, April, 2011
Dedication: Dr Robin Rundell
Sheet music available at Performers Music


Postscript
solo cello

“From an enthusiastic, bold opening to helpless sarcasm touched by cynicism, the cellist succeeds to find a place of gentle consolation and sings with heartfelt resolve.”

2011

Dedication: Dedication: Cellist Racheli Galay
Sheet music available at Performers Music



Chamber


Stile Antico: On a theme of Palestrina
for 5-voice cello ensemble

“With inspiration from Palestrina’s ‘Praestet hoc nati genitor.”

2012

Recording

Premiere: Chicago Cello Society, June 2013
Duration: 5-6 mins
Sheet music available at Performers Music


Bergamo's Ruse
for oboe, violin, cello, and harp

“A mischievous blend of dance infused with a desire to tell of cunning deeds and ambitious dreams."

2012

Dedication: Kathleen Aharoni
Duration: 6 mins
Preview score



Burlingame
for flute, oboe, and b-flat clarinet

“Opening in a contemplative moment of low, velvet tones - an alternate scenario of amusement intervenes, expands to fullness - and then vanishes. The scene-en-scene dissolves leaving the original moment uninterrupted.”

N.B.: Employ vibrato with conscious intent. All note durations are approximate and pitches are relative. Seating preference, left to right as seen by audience: clarinetist, flutist, oboist.

2012

Duration: 7-8 mins
Preview score



Pogolla
for oboe, viola, and cello

“The trio jostles together in quirky jabs and shifting pulse. Hints of irreverence and absurdity. An intense mid-portion of fluid string notes and warm concord leads to a spunky finish.”

2011

Duration: 7-8 mins
Preview score



Ariel
string quartet

“The earthy mezzo-voiced violist leads the quartet through the dimensions of anguished imprisonment to the tender release of the creative spirit.”

2011

Public reading: Nov. 6th, 2011
Dedication: Violist Marija Bubanj
Duration: 9 mins
Preview score
Sheet music available at Performers Music


Duo
oboe and bassoon

“An elegant dance of unspoken words between oboist and bassoonist. Haunting and graceful.”


2011

Premiere: Prism Chamber Ensemble,
Feb. 12, 2011
Dedication: Prism Chamber Ensemble


Orchestral


Montegar
solo viola and strings

“Bold, heroic. An ageless temperament bound by a history foretold.”

N.B. Seating preference, as seen by conductor: Violins on the left side, with the Violin 2 section seated behind the Violin 1 section. Basses on right, behind cello and viola sections.

2012

Premiere by Violist Michael Hall with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. March 23, 2014 Arlington Hts, IL and Orchestra Hall (Chicago) April 1, 2014
Dedication: Tom and Joan Ryan
Duration: 10-12 mins
Preview score
Sheet music available at Performers Music


Caprio
oboe and strings

“The initial distinct voices of oboe and strings gradually draw each other together into a vibrant weaving of flow and repose.”

2011

Recording

Caprio was written with the specific artistry of Joni Day in mind. I had the fortune to conduct and coach ensembles where Ms. Day played oboe, English horn, and oboe d’amore. Her sound – the color and poetry - stayed with me. Caprio presents the oboist in this realm of lyrical art.

Premiere: Waukegan Symphony Orchestra,
Joni Day, soloist. Oct. 23, 2011
Dedication: Oboist Joni Day
Duration: 10 mins
Preview score
Also available as Oboe Quartet
Preview Oboe Quartet score
Sheet music available at Performers Music


Pogolla
for chamber orchestra

“The ensemble jostles together in quirky jabs and shifting pulse. Hints of irreverence and absurdity. An intense mid-portion of fluid string notes and warm concord leads to a spunky finish.”

2011

Duration: 7-8 mins






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