Thursday, June 25, 2009

Orbits (76 +4 [or more])

A rare piece was performed at NYC's Guggenheim Art Museum on June 21st.
Orbits by Canadian composer Henry Brant (1913 - 2007).

The work is scored for 80 trombones, soprano and organ.

Here's a link to the New York Times article about it.

There are several YouTube videos, of course. I've embedded two that you give you an idea of the event...

Monday, June 22, 2009

New(er) Building Blocks

Summer months...not much to blog about at the moment.

I have been working quite a bit on my third book and am almost done with a demo version. This one weighs in around 120 pages. I'm quite excited about it.

This morning, I took some time to write out some of the tweaks I've made to the "Building Block" warm-up routine this past year. They include some extensions (faster, higher, louder, softer)that I've been in the habit of adding on as I practice.

You can find the newest version here.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

What's the Opposite of Legato

Alright, so we all know about legato (Rochut, Bordogni, etc.)

There doesn't seem to be a catch-all term for articulated playing.

Staccato (well, that seems to be just short)
Marcato (well, that implies weight)
Detache (maybe, but isn't that basically staccato?)

We could be technical and say mezzo-staccato.

What about generic adjectives:
Bouncy? Pointed?

Maybe this alludes to a bigger issue.

Buddy Baker had his articulation numbers to indicate gradations of attack.

I've seen hints of a trend against playing the B-flat 7 chord of the Mozart Requiem in a totally legato style.

Still, wouldn't it be nice if there was one handy word....

Any ideas out there?