February 2003 - NEW ISSUES
NEW: CHAMBER MUSIC EDITIONS
Bird As Prophet
Carl Fischer is delighted to be publishing four of the remarkable pieces in Martin Bresnick's sequence of 12 related pieces, Opere della Musica Povera (Works of a Poor Music). The title Bird As Prophet is taken from a celebrated solo piano piece in Robert Schumann's set of piano pieces, Waldscenen. The mercurial character of the music, often shifting between major and minor, is suggestive of the programmatic character of Schumann's original piece but also may be seen as a tribute to the prophetic and influential style of the great jazz saxophonist, Charlie Parker, giving the use of Schumann's title an additional level of meaning. This is a challenging piece for an accomplished violinist and pianist.
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The enigmatic and symbolic title of the ninth piece in Bresnick's musical sequence, Opere della Musica Povera is again "Schumannesque," deriving from Schumann's example in Album for the Young. The symbolic title has been used by a number of composers to disguise a hidden program. Bresnick's brief clarinet trio is by turn reflective and mercurial, with a powerful climax that has the clarinet playing at the top of its register against a wild piano figuration. The piece concludes with a brief, dreamy coda. This short chamber work (8 minutes duration), contains a remarkable range of musical textures and will be a gratifying workout for the clarinetist, violinist and pianist.
The Dream of the Lost Traveller
Written in 1997, as part of his Opere della Musica Povera sequence, and first performed by dedicatee, Lisa Moore, The Dream of the Lost Traveller is based on a passage from William Blake's book of emblematic texts amd engravings For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise, which is actually sung by the pianist in the middle of the piece. Clearly in an expanded Bb tonality, The Dream of the Lost Traveller covers a wide spectrum of piano sonorities and and styles, at times starkly chordal and at others fluid with 16th-note passagework. While not overly difficult technically, this imaginative piece will challenge the musicianship and refinement of the pianist who undertakes to play it.
Ice Field, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002, is the latest and in some ways the most approachable of Henry Brant's works for orchestra. Commissioned by the San Francisco-based new music group Other Minds for the San Francisco Symphony and its conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas, it was first performed by them on December 12, 2001 in Davies Hall, the orchestra's home. The size of the orchestra is large and fairly conventional, but as with most of Brant's large-scale scores, the musicians are positioned throughout the performing space. Two conductors and a large pipe organ (played by the composer at the premiere) are required and the music is brilliantly varied, at times jazzy and ferocious, at times intensely expressive and lyrical. The mixture of styles and instruments is always inspired and incisive and the piece makes a huge effect in live performance. Complete performance materials for Ice Field are available from the Rental Department.
Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38
These beautiful and melodious sonatas by Brahms, originally written for cello and piano, have been ably transcribed by trombonist Ralph Sauer. They are perfect examples of Brahms' early, ardent style and the warm, autumnal character of his late works, and are very effectively arranged for trombone. Trombonists in search of rewarding repertoire for their instrument will find these two celebrated pieces from the nineteenth century a welcome addition to their libraries.
METHOD BOOK FOR BASSOON
My First Weissenborn
The latest addition to the My First Series, this book is an introduction to the famous Practical Method for Bassoon by Julius Weissenborn (1837-1888), the bible for bassoonists since the Carl Fischer edition by W.F. Ambrosio was published in 1941. In preparing this introductory book great care has been taken by editor Daniel Schmidt to preserve the format and educational objectives set forth in the original. Logically organized, My First Weissenborn includes fingering charts, "Daily Bread" exercises, exercises for developing tone, Technical Etudes, Chromatic exercises and copious duets. Some concert pieces are also included by Handel, Bach, Haydn and Gossec, that will give the young student a chance to develop and display his or her growing mastery of the instrument. This is a book designed to improve the technical facility and musicianship of younger players and prepare them for Weissenborn's master method, Practical Method for Bassoon.
TROMBONE SCALE BOOK
Daily Scale Builder
Progressively arranged, McGregor's latest pedagogical book for trombone concentrates on helping players increase their technical mastery. All the standard scale forms, major, minor, whole tone, pentatonic, modal and chromatic are covered and the exercises will be excellent for employing the variety of tonguing and articulations the player must use in developing instrumental mastery. This is a great publication for any student of the trombone, no matter what his or her level of proficiency.