Approximate time: 4:30 minutes/ q=156 bpm
Woodwinds: Flute/Piccolo Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone/Baritone Saxophone #2, Tenor Saxophones/ Flute, Baritone Saxophone #1, Contrabassoon
Brass: Horn in F, Trumpets in Bb (2), Bass Trombone, Tuba
Rhythm Section: Piano, Electric Guitar, Drum set, Double bass (Electric Bass optional)
Strings: Violins (2), Viola, Violoncellos (2)
Note: parts available for Bassoon & Contrabassoon in substitution of Bass Clarinet #2/Baritone Saxophone#2, and other combinations upon request.
Printing: Score-Tabloid (11x 17), Parts-Letter (8.5 x 11)
This is a waltz-like arrangement. The harmonic key of the piece shifts at a moment's notice and then comes back only to leave one more time. The soloists are Trumpet #2, and the Electric Guitar. The last section is aimed to be very heavy and rock-like. The singer has to have opera-like qualities, combined with tinges of rock, vaudeville, and everything in between.
Thoughts on the compositional process:
I met Dorian Wood through our collective Creative Underground Los Angeles and after a while, I found the confidence to ask him to play with Gurrisonic Orchestra. He expressed his interest in performing this traditional piece from Venezuelan composer Simón Díaz and I gave it the best shot I could. What can I say? Dorian brings it down!
Future Perks: In time to come we will have available little video snippets of Jose Gurria (composer), Marc Lowenstein (conductor), as well as some of the featured soloists on each tune of the album. In this way, there will be a broader and more in-depth comprehension of the interpretative aspects of every piece of music. Stay tuned!!!