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Name of Work

Reed Thomas, Augusta (1964-)
Scherzi Musicali for brass quartet

Movements:
Scherzi Musicali

Performances:


Oct 21, 2007



Michael Mulcahy, Trombone
Charles Geyer, Trumpet
Gail Williams, Horn
Barbara Butler, Trumpet


Oct 22, 2007



Charles Geyer, Trumpet
Michael Mulcahy, Trombone
Gail Williams, Horn
Barbara Butler, Trumpet

THOMAS-Scherzi Musicali

Composed in 2007

Dedicated to present, past and future horn students of Gail Williams, Scherzi Musicali for brass quartet (two trumpets in C, horn and trombone) was commissioned by Gail Williams.

This three and a half minute virtuosic and fun-spirited quartet is fanfare-like — a blend between the perfumes of: bebop, Stravinsky, Bartók, the florid kind of trumpet writing in Bach, and jazz swing rhythms all mixed into one personal and integrated composition. Toward the end of the composition, there are two optional bars, a few bars apart from one another, in which the horn player is allowed to perform one or two 12-15 second cadenzas which must be in the style and syntax of the compositions' materials. We shall have to wait to hear if Gail Williams has decided whether or not to play one or both of these cadenzas. Aside from these two optional cadenzas, the notation for Scherzi Musicali is extremely precise and nuanced. (It might be worth noting that the composer played trumpet for 13 years in a past life and deeply loves to write for brass.) The musicians will be making a CD recording of this work in the next few weeks.

Program Notes by Augusta Read Thomas

Performance date: October 21 & 22, 2007



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