David Toub (b. 1961, Newark, NJ) has been described as a postminimalist composer. Largely self-taught, his only formal composition education consisted of attending music school during weekends while in high school. He received his AB and MD degrees from the University of Chicago and a MBA from Drexel University. Formally a practicing gynecologic surgeon at Pennsylvania Hospital, he is the medical director of a medical device startup (Gynesonics) in Silicon Valley. His music is freely available for download through his music site (http://dbtmusic.wordpress.com), and has been heard on radio programs such as Music from Other Minds on KALW-FM, WRTI-FM and Classical Discoveries on WPRB-FM as well as Internet radio (Postclassic Radio, Contemporary Classical Radio). The Rangzen Quartet recorded his string quartet work mf for OgreOgress Productions and an album of electronic organ works was recently released by the same label. Toub’s music has been increasingly performed in the past few years, including performances by the Diverse Instrument Ensemble, at the first Sequenza 21 concert in New York City and by the percussionists Bill Solomon and Mike Lunoe at Hartt College of Music. He lives in Wyncote, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children, and is active in a number of social causes.
for philip glass
(by the composer himself)
This is a brief work composed at the request of pianist Nicolas Horvath. It begins with a short dissonant section that gives way to a more consonant, repetitive section that ends tentatively.