Approximate time: 8:45 minutes/ q=132 bpm
Woodwinds: Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophones (2), Bass Clarinets (2)
Brass: Horn in F, Trumpets in Bb (2), Bass Trombone, Cimbasso
Rhythm Section: Piano, Electric Guitar, Drum set, Electric Bass
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)
Intricate triplet-filled rhythms between sections. Solid rhythm section with few variations.
There is some intense playing on this score. In particular by violist Lauren Baba who does an outstanding job, as well as flutist Christine Tavolacci who destroys a through-composed solo I wrote for her with so much gusto and poise.
I have always loved mid-tempo half-time shuffles and it was evident to me that that rhythm would be the drumming of choice to propel this music in the right direction.
Thoughts on the compositional process:
Renaissance man Eric KM Clark sampled a text I wrote about my personal meaning of the phrase "In Your Face"; we had a lot of fun having it start the whole piece in our live performances. I always get a kick out of the shouting section at the end; if we don’t shout our hearts out convincingly, we “don’t sell it” and the culmination of the tune could be compromised. It has never happened, but the thought of it keeps us on our toes until the very last note.
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!!!