“Emerging” Joseph Vilardi-composer

Emerging was written with John Dewey’s words in mind: “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” Inspired by such lifelong study and growth, the spirit of collaboration, and the candid nature of Kerrey Hall’s façade, Emerging is a dedication to the students of all seven of our university’s divisions who will thrive in this intersectional haven of learning. The number seven is thus used often throughout the piece’s melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic content, each use appearing separately until their fusion at the end, representing a balanced coexistence within the university. Composed for the grand opening of the New School University Center. Performed by students from the Mannes College New School for Music, Jan 24, 2014.

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