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Yvonne Freckmann

Composer / Madrid, Spain
Member since April 2021
From the whistling windmills of the Dutch landscape to the buzzing insects of the South African savanna, Yvonne Freckmann translates the soundscape of life into her music. A multilingual musician who grew up playing the piano and clarinet, she found her voice by combining electroacoustic and freely tonal music into one, all while remaining rooted in the concert music tradition. Freckmann often draws great inspiration from other creatives, and collaborations across disciplines with visionary musicians, theatremakers, and visual artists have empowered her to further explore the possibilities of sound and create experiences that engage the mind. Her music has been performed in over a dozen U.S. states and several countries, among them the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, Israel, and Malaysia, and she currently lives in Madrid, Spain. During her travels with a microphone in hand, Freckmann records material and meets other people who inspire compositions, as chronicled in the "UNDA Cellotrónica" album with cellist Clara Rivière, their debut album released in May 2020. The previous year Freckmann was commissioned by award-winning contemporary pioneer SOLI Chamber Ensemble to write "Nest," an extended chamber work for mixed quartet with a soundtrack of field recordings of her home state of Texas. Over the past few years, Freckmann has worked on projects with harpist and theatremaker Iris van der Ende ("The Voice of the Windmill" and "Under the Bridge"), Zvov Trio ("Zvov Sensory"), Thompson Street Opera Company, Musical Bridges Around the World, and the Composers Alliance San Antonio, to name a few. Among other major festivals, Freckmann has had works premiered and featured in Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Cultura Nova Festival, Audiosfera (Reina Sofia Museum Madrid), SEAMUS National Conference, and the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival. For her composition "Train" (2014), Freckmann was awarded the PatsyLu Prize from the International Alliance of Women in Music “Search for New Music” in 2015. To continue developing her craft, Freckmann has served as artist-in-residence in the Netherlands at the Werkplaats K atelier with her group Klanktheater (2017/2018), with the Kunstmeile Krems in Austria (June 2018), and attended the Sonic Mmabolela Field Recording Workshop in South Africa (2016). She has earned master’s degrees in music composition at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague as a Fulbright Scholar, the University of Louisville as a Bomhard Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in music in piano performance and composition from Trinity University, all under the tutelage of brilliant teachers. For more information, please visit my website at: www.yvonnefreckmann.com For inquiries, please contact me through Consortio, yfreckmann [at] gmail [dot] com or the contact page of my website: https://yvonnefreckmann.com/contact

My Style

Yvonne's music, especially her vocal works, tends to be freely tonal, with singable, often catchy melodies and humorous moments. She adapts the musical vocabulary to tell stories of the human experience with sensitivity, and whatever the aim of the composition, she strives to make meaningful music for the performer and audience. With a master's degree focused on writing for the human voice under her belt, Yvonne has experience in text setting, especially in the art song, operetta, and novelty song idioms, and accompanying choirs as a pianist since she was a teenager.

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Listen to works by Yvonne Freckmann

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True Love in Every Moment Praises God

Choir SATB (optional piano)
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This is a sweet and contemplative choir piece based on poetry by Mechthild von Magdeburg. Performance by the Trinity University Chamber Singers in 2010 under the direction of Dr. Gary Seighman.
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Epitaph for a Darling Lady

Soprano & piano
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A setting of the poem by Dorothy Parker, used with authorization by the NAACP. Performance by Elise Jablow and Ya-Ru Chuang, piano.
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Bridge

Mezzo-soprano, Violin, Piano
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Program note: When Musical Bridges Around the World commissioned me to write a piece for their 20th anniversary, I thought back on my time spent attending concerts, turning pages for the professionals, and also performing and acting with my sister in the “Child Prodigy” concerts as a teen. Studying piano with Anya Grokhovski was a formative experience and I loved the immersion in her musical family. So for an anniversary, what better way than to examine the name of the organization itself, carefully chosen. I began to think about bridges, the building of them, the planning, architecture and daring human activity that connects. The vision that bridge-building entails, the needs and the symbolism of place. How bridges add to the beauty of their surroundings. How bridges become symbolic of the locations or cities they connect, which fit perfectly with the request to make the piece about homecoming, the journey to a deeply familiar place. For the musicians and myself a homecoming to San Antonio, Texas for the premiere, and for the (hopefully) cherished feeling for everyone coming home. The piece has a duration of about eleven minutes. Performance by: Veronica Williams, mezzo-soprano Nancy Zhou, violin Daniel Anastasio, piano

Testimonials

Clara Rivière
Jul 21, 2021
Yvonne’s compositions are a charm to the ears. How she melts feelings into sounds. How she describes the surrounding experience. How she opens hidden ways of listening. Through her music one can only blend deeper into the existence and need no more.
Iris van der Ende
Jul 21, 2021
As a music theater maker, I am very delighted to ask this composer for my projects. Yvonne Freckmann translates the emotional feeling or project idea into music. In my experience she finds the perfect combination of elements to find the poetic in the project. People that experience her projects will be deeply touched by the message that can only be heard in music. She brings out the special quality of her performers and will make them shine with her notes, and by researching the instruments makes it technically just as demanding as the performers are skilled. For both experienced listeners as for inexperienced listeners the music is fascinating and captivating. The music she scores is a whole, like as a story: there is a meaning and intension behind every note. She loves to work with the performers to help them, to bring out the beauty and contrasts of her work.
Gary Seighman
Jul 20, 2021
Yvonne has a highly unique and imaginative musical voice that is refreshing among contemporary composers. It has been a real pleasure working with her in the past and my organization is thrilled to renew this collaboration on the Requiem project! The theme could not be more timely and I'm confident that our student musicians will have an amazing experience, both musically and emotionally.
Abigail Walsh
Jul 19, 2021
The dragonfly is the only insect capable not only of hovering, but of flying forward, sideways, and even backwards, seeing 360 degrees of the world with its multi-faceted, compound eyes that can watch us from behind as it flies past. Yvonne Freckmann captures the spirit and atmosphere of the dragonfly in her work for flute and piano, Dragonflies. Freckmann’s work is emotionally sensitive, and it was a great pleasure to explore melodic, textural and dynamic possibilities in premiering this piece. Overall, Freckmann was an imaginative, responsive and kind colleague and human being who I recommend working with.
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