Metaphöny Open Access

Cochran, Connor (Spring 2020)

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“Metaphöny” is the title of my composition honors recital. It consists of twelve pieces—approximately one hour of music. It was meant to be performed on March 21st, 2020 in Emerson Concert Hall at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, but the performance was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a whole the program asks its audience to question their assumptions about “classical” music and the concert as an experience. It comments on the form and etiquette expected at such functions, and attempts to offer some solutions.

The title “metaphony” combines the word “meta” (meaning something self-referential, or that comments on its genre or form) and the suffix “-phon,” which is associated with sound. As a happy accident, it also contains the word “phony,” meaning fake or artificial, which is exactly the impression of the concert I was commenting on when writing this music.

In fact, metaphony is already an English word. It has two definitions: an instance where the pronunciation of a vowel is affected by another vowel; and a synonym for “umlaut.” So, for an extra layer of meta commentary and humor, I added the umlaut to my program title. 

Table of Contents

Birth Sky

I. Sun in Libra

III. Moon in Libra

V. Venus in Libra

-Dr. Erika Tazawa, piano


-Anna Ree, soprano

-Sophia Bereaud, alto

-Nic Bogan, tenor

-Connor Cochran, bass

Freddy, Jason, and Michael Have a Race

-Teresa Pan, percussion


-Dr. Erika Tazawa, piano


-Judy Oh, violin

-Chris Fenger, cello

Carmina Catulli

I. ​nulli se dicit mulier mea nubere malle

II. pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo

III. Aufilena, bonae semper laudantur amicae

IV. quis hoc potest videre, quis potest pati

-Anna Ree, soprano

-Sophia Bereaud, alto

-Nic Bogan, tenor

-Connor Cochran, bass

-Dr. Erika Tazawa, piano 

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