About John Holland

John Holland is a composer and Professor Emeritus in the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. In the early 1980's, he co-founded Nature and Inquiry, an artists group that meets weekly to discuss ideas in art and science. The group has presented work at the MIT Media Lab, the Harvard Smithsonian Observatory, Habitat Institute, The Copley Gallery in Boston, to name a few. For the past 20 years he has taught a class that introduces artists to leading-edge ideas in science. In 2001 the Boston Globe reported that Nature, Science and Art was the most popular class at the College.

Music for Violin and Piano

Space is Everywhere. Time is Now.

1. Starry Night in Four Quadrants (1991)  5:53

Erica Holland – Violin
John Holland – Piano

2. Three Pieces for Violin and Piano (Based on Diverse texts)* (2010)  8:08

1. 12 Haiku (from poems based on themes of science and nature by John Holland)
2. Passing By (inspired by the story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott  Fitzgerald
3. Sands of a Distant Shore (based on a poetic fragment from the journal Cape Cod by H. D. Thoreau

* (see Supporting Texts)

Marla Rathbun – Violin
Maria Rivera – Piano

3. Memory for Violin and Piano (2002)  17:25

Marla Rathbun – Violin
Maria Rivera – Piano

4. The Clock for Violin and Piano (2010)  3:03

Marla Rathbun – Violin
Maria Rivera – Piano

5. Solo Music No. 2 for Unaccompanied Violin (1998)  21:07

1. Sustained – mechanical – sustained
2. Fast
3. Sustained – mechanical – sustained

Marla Rathbun – Violin