MMXII (2012): Stay Happy When The World Collapses



MMXII for orchestra

MMXII for orchestra, 5-6'
Live recording by the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra, led by Nikolas Nägele.

Inspired by the apocalypse of December 21st, 2012, as predicted by the Maya calendar, emphasized by the current global economical collapse, with a finishing touch of the drastic austerity measures throughout the entire world, the piece MMXII celebrates us dancing on the volcano, and urges everyone to stay happy when everything around you falls apart.


MMXII for ensemble

MMXII was originally written for Ensemble Signal, for the June in Buffalo festival in Buffalo, New York. The orchestral version was premiered one month later by the AACA Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

MMXII for ensemble, 8'
Live recording by Ensemble Signal at June in Buffalo: Kelli Kathman (piccolo), Melanie Pozdol (oboe), Bill Kalinkos (clarinet), Adam (horn), Mike Gurfield (trumpet), Steven Parker (trombone), Thomas Rosenkranz (piano), Bill Solomon (percussion), Courtney Orlando (violin), and Lauren Radnofsky (cello), led by Brad Lubman (conductor).

Four-Minute Symphony

Related to these pieces is the Four-Minute Symphony, which was premiered by the NYU Symphony Orchestra in April of the same year, which can be seen as a prequel as it ends where MMXII begins.

Four-Minute Symphony for orchestra, 4'
Live recording of premiere by the NYU Symphony Orchestra, led by Ari Pelto.


American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Orchestra

Nikolas Nägele and Ruben Naeff

Ensemble Signal with Brad Lubman