WORKS LIST

 

Solo (with and without electronics)

Chamber Ensemble

Film Scores

Fixed Media

SOLO

Siren

English horn

(or alto flute) and fixed media

5'

2018

Commissioned and premiered by Courtney Sullivan

Premiered November 10, 2018 at Florida State University

 

The siren song is an alluring melody heard only by sailors just before their death. Within a soundscape of cavernously echoing water drops and an underwater descent into this seductive trap, “Siren” is a feminist commentary on this mythical siren song. The English hornist represents our siren, not as told by the male-narrated stories through which the myth is known, but by the female protagonist, as depicted musically by her unhinged femininity—both beautiful and deadly. The song captivates the audience as it transforms into a cascading melody—luring the listener inward. When the sailor is in her grasp, the siren transforms back again into the femme fatale she is, dragging her catch into the depths of the cave. One final breath is inhaled, and the English horn sounds one last beckoning call, as the piece returns to the dark soundscape from which it began—dark, but just as beautiful.

Siren_Aleyna Brown.mp3
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Recitation

flute and live electronics

3'40"

2017

Premiered on April 28, 2017 at Florida State University

 

recitation [ res-i-tey-shuh n ] 

noun

1. an act of reciting, repeating aloud

2. an elocutionary delivery of a piece of poetry or prose, without the text, before an audience

3. a piece so delivered or for such delivery

Recitation_Aleyna Brown.mp3
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Portrait of the American Woman

solo viola

8'

2020

Runner-Up Selection for the VIOLA2020 Call for Scores.

To be premiered by Maggie Snyder, Professor of Viola at UGA, in Fall of 2020, and include in the VIOLA2020 CD recording project.

 

I. Seneca

II. Resistance

III. Ratification

IV. Resurgence

CHAMBER

a beautiful reckoning

flute, alto flute, voice, guitar, fixed media, light show

9'

2020

Premiered February 17, 2020 at the University of North Texas

 

"...Replacing the pain of heartbreak and transition with the pain of broken calluses, I discovered a riff along the way—one of openness, strength, and resonance, particularly embodied by the altered dropped tuning. From there, five variations of fingerpicking patterns, hand positions, and strumming were developed into a mosaic of acoustic guitar layers. Five lines of interlacing flute and alto flute melodies and sound effects layer on top of the guitars. Two recorded vocal lines loop and combine to create moments of over a dozen harmonies. Electronic elements expand the piece in range, dynamics, and timbre. Together, my creation, born of pain, became beautiful. It was a reckoning..." (see score for full program notes)

Oiseaux en Verre

flute, violin, piano

9'

2018

Premiered in concert on February 5th, 2018 at the University of North Texas

 

"Oiseaux en Verre" translated from French means, "Glass Birds."

Imagine.

A figurine of a bird taking flight, stuck in its crystalline form, the sharpness and clarity of the glass.

Imagine the refraction of light through this prism of glass.

Watch the colors dance.

Hear the birds come to life...

...And quietly return to their glass form.

Oiseaux en Verre_Aleyna Brown.mp3
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Woodwind Quintet No. 1

flute, oboe/English horn, clarinet in Bb, horn in F, bassoon

10'

2016

Premiered on April 4, 2018 at Florida State University

Selected for N.E.O. Sound Call for Scores for 2020 concert season

With chordal stacks and swells across the diverse set of timbres of the instrumentation, Aleyna M. Brown's first woodwind quintet is a statement of technique and beauty. The extended harmonies, overlapping melodies, and moments of tension and release provide the essence of this piece. The first movement explores dynamic chordal swells, perpetual motion, and melodic conversations across the ensemble. The second movement is an

English horn feature, both elegiac and seeking, with a resounding chant-like melody in the richest register of the instrument. The final movement is an extension of the pyramid-stacking motives, with a full fugue built upon the bassoon. Rhythmic and unpredictable, the fugue unravels and builds back again, including quotes from motives heard throughout the piece, for the exciting conclusion of this three-movement piece.

Woodwind Quintet_Aleyna Brown.mp3
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Atlas

string quartet, marimba, piano

5'

2016

Premiered on March 22, 2018 at Florida State University

Atlas, the goddess who holds the world.

Atlas_Aleyna Brown.mp3
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Angst

2 cello, piano

5'

2016

Premiered on March 13, 2017 at Arizona State University

 

This piece is a nonstop Phrygian ride from start to finish, with intricate conversation across the three performers incorporating extending techniques like chops and wood hits. The premiere was at Arizona State University as part of a university exchange with Aleyna's alma matter Florida State University.

Angst_Aleyna Brown.mp3
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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme

string quartet

5'

2016

Selected for reading session by the guest SPEKTRAL QUARTET March 2, 2020 at the University of North Texas

 

Selected for reading session by the guest CONG QUARTET October 4, 2018 at the University of North Texas

 

Recording coming soon

FILM SCORES

David

piano and strings

3'

2016

Premiere April 30, 2016 at the BFA Thesis film showcase at Florida State University

Commissioned by director Billy Mauer

Performance rights owned by Billy Mauer and Florida State University

Murder for a Dime

full orchestra

2'

2017

Main Theme and opening scene scoring for "Murder for a Dime" MFA Thesis film at Florida State University

 

Recorded by the FSU University Philharmonia

Murder for a Dime_FSU Philharmonia_Aleyn
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FIXED MEDIA

Espionage

fixed media

2'30"

2017

Premiered March 22, 2017 at Florida State University

 

"Espionage" is an electronic composition reminiscent of the visual drama, suspense, and movement of choreography or film. With cinematic hits, a driving bass line, and atmospheric synths, this track is an example of the diverse effects and cues of Aleyna's fixed media and film scoring style.

Espionage_Aleyna Brown.mp3
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Red Gaze

fixed media

4"

2017

Commissioned by choreographer Mary Roberts 

Premiere MFA Thesis of Mary Roberts, November 10 and 11, 2017 at the FSU School of Dance

“Red Gaze” is an experimental tango composed for Mary Roberts' M.A. thesis production exploring the life and effects of working as an entertainer on a cruise ship. The segment, "Red Gaze" features the familiar characteristics of bass, castanets, and accordion, while also exploring electronics and sounds of sea waves and ship bells. 

 

Red: the symbolic color of the tango

Gaze: the ever-present eyes on a performer, the psychological experience of being “on” all the time

Choreographed for solo dancer by Holly Stone, performed in concert on March 22, 2018 at Florida State University. Subsequent performance April 13, 2018 at the 2nd Annual Central New York Ballroom Showcase, Syracuse, NY

Red Gaze_Aleyna Brown.mp3
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Piano reduction of Intro & Main Theme

Brotherhood of Man

fixed media

10"

2018

Commissioned by choreographer Aigars Larionovs

Premiered at the Days of Dance festival, April 21, 27, and 28, 2018 at the FSU School of Dance

Inspired by Aigars's choreography background in Latvian Capoeira Aleyna composed this fixed media piece with layers of various drumming sounds to enhance the strong and acrobatic choreography of the trio of dancers. To enhance the overall form, the piece begins and ends with slowly changing synth layers, as contrast to the highly rhythmic drumming themes.

Brotherhood of Man_Aleyna Brown.mp3
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