College of Music Program Book 2011-2012: Ensemble & Other Performances, Volume 1 Page: 62
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Born in Los Angeles in 1962, Joseph Klein holds degrees in composition from Indiana
University (DM, 1991), University of California, San Diego (MA, 1986), and California
State Polytechnic University, Pomona (BA, 1984). His composition teachers have included
Harvey Sollberger, Claude Baker, Robert Erickson, and Roger Reynolds. He is currently
distinguished professor at the University of North Texas College of Music, where he has
served as chair of Composition Studies since 1999. Klein's catalogue ranges from solo
pieces to works for large ensemble, including instrumental, vocal, electroacoustic and
intermedia works. His compositional work reflects an ongoing interest in systems and musical
processes drawn from such sources as fractal geometry and chaos theory, often inspired by
natural phenomena. Recent works have reflected literary influences from Franz Kafka to
Alice Fulton, including a number of works based on the writings of Elias Canetti. Klein's
compositions have been performed and broadcast internationally, and he has been a featured
guest composer at academic institutions, performance venues, conferences, and music
festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. His works have been recognized by
such organizations as the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum/
Jerome Foundation, the American Music Center, the Gaudeamus Foundation ofAmsterdam,
and ASCAP, and have been recorded on the Innova, Centaur, Crystal, and Mark labels.
Die Tischtuchtolle (The Tablecloth Lunatic) is one of a series of short works for solo
instrument based upon characters from Der Ohrenzeuge: Fiinfzig Charaktere (Earwitness:
Fifty Characters), written in 1974 by the Bulgarian-born British-Austrian novelist Elias
Canetti (1905-1994). Canetti's distinctive studies incorporate poetic imagery, singular
insights, and unabashed wordplay to create fifty ironic paradigms of human behavior. This
collection of works, begun in 1997, was inspired by the vividly surreal depictions of Canetti's
characters and includes works for contrabass, violin, bass flute, ocarina, contrabassoon,
glass harmonica, alto saxophone, trumpet, percussion, bass saxophone, and guitar. Die
Tischtuchtolle was composed in October of 1997 and was first performed by violinist Nagina
Stoyanova in Sofia, Bulgaria on November 17, 2001.
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