Defenestration is the newest ensemble at Franklin Pierce. Our name explains the simultaneous feelings of freedom and risk inherent in what we do. Defenestration explores new music, music by faculty, students, local composers and the musical avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s. Students may participate instrumentally or vocally and are encouraged to try new things. Our most recent performance saw the world premieres of the following works*:

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Recent Programs by Defenestration

Franklin Pierce University's Defenestration2010
The Alyssa Permutations by Alex Lubet
Five by John Cage
Claptrap by Paul Suskind
An Outside With an Inside In It by Nathan Davis* (Commissioned by Franklin Pierce for Defenestration)
Holding On* by FP student Joseph Falabella
How Fragile She Is by Frank Wallace
Obsequious, Purple and Clairvoyant*, a composition created by Defenestration as a group

Ensembles of Note by Larry Polansky
Song of Loving-Kindness by Joel Feigin
Wood, Skin and Rock by Moses Mark Howden Music Walk by John Cage Distant Hills by Thomas P. Miller
Fanfare for Toys by Moses Mark Howden
On Hearing the First Snowfall by Paul Scharfenberger

Anomalous 1-6 by Christian Asplund
Spectral Glow by Terry Winter Owens

Franklin Pierce University Defenstration2006
Portraits of Personality* by John Desilets
Sustained Sounds, with percussion by Michael Parsons
Thomas Has a Girlfriend from The Moppet Songs by Jason Bahr
Sketches for Two by Frank Wallace
Dance of the Rose Remembered* by Bill Yonge
The Owl and the Blackbird* by Paul Scharfenberger

Ariadne's Crown by Terry Winter Owens ( )
Reflections on Poems of Claude McKay* by Robert D. Polansky ( )


Send questions and comments to:
Paul Scharfenberger
David Brandes