This is the voice and piano version of the song cycle for voice and orchestra “Emily’s Bees and Bells”. It consists of eight brief poems by the celebrated American poet Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) that mention bees or bells. The music supports Dickinson’s precise writing with bee-like buzzings, chimes and melodies reminiscent of her time. The moods are varied. One poem has two different settings and another, the final one, incorporates two versions by the poet. The poetry is used with the permission of Harvard University Press.
These duets supplement those of Volume 2 SKU . The upper and lower parts are of equal difficulty. The range is from low B-flat (B-flat2) to high F-sharp (F#4). More time signatures (2/8, 7/8, 5/4) and grace notes and quintuplets are introduced. There is no tenor clef. A downloadable version is available at SKU [1614-pdf]. I dedicated these duets to the fond memory of my Toronto Symphony bassoon colleague, Wayland Mosher.
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Both parts of these duets have notes in the octave between low F (F2) and open F (F3). The parts are co-equal so one part is not “easier” than the other. Rhythms for the entire volume are restricted to whole, half, quarter and eighth notes. The only dotted notes are dotted half notes. Two dynamics are introduced in No. 4: f (forte) and mf (mezzo forte). The duets are dedicated to C. J Broadhead, New Rochelle High School’s memorable choir director. A downloadable version is available on the website from SKU [1609-pdf]
These duets supplement those of Volume 1 SKU . The upper and lower parts are of equal difficulty. The range is from low D (D2) to high F (F4). More dynamics are introduced (mp, p, crescendo, diminuendi, light and heavy accents). There is no tenor clef. Dotted quarter notes and duplet eights are introduced. The music is dedicated to the composer’s high school band and orchestra director Harry F. Haigh. A downloadable version is available at SKU [1610-pdf].
Composed in 1977 the Duet for Bassoon and 'Cello is very much in the free-wheeling style of the '70's with non-traditional sounds for both instruments, some intense dissonances and measures without time signatures.
Two copies of the performing score come in the set. The work is dedicated to my wife Padge.
Grainger's delicious harmonization of an English folk song scored for 4 bassoons and contrabassoon for the 2014 Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp by Christopher Weait. Can be performed with as many bassoons as possible.
Two buglers answer each other on a quiet evening before they play taps. The second player could play at some distance from the first, or if close, use a straight mute. An little piece for Veteran's Day or Memorial Day or memorial service. Dedicated to my Friendship Village of Dublin neighbors, trumpeters Ray Barker and Bill Gibson. Two performing scores in each set.
This is the pre-printed, paper version of the work. A PDF digital download is also available.
A very short, not difficult fanfare with rhythmical interest in all three parts based upon a solution to a Su Doku puzzle!
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