The first concert of Hyman Bloom Project is approaching this Thursday, May 17th at 8 PM at Alpha Gallery and includes the premier of the first section of my piece Christmas Tree for string trio. This is the first in a larger series of works based on the numerous Christmas Trees that Hyman Bloom painted throughout his life. Each piece, scored for different standard trios of instruments is constructed to be performed singly, or in simultaneous sounding combination with any or all of the other trios, recalling Bloom’s extensive set of paintings and drawings of forests in Maine. Formally, the piece follows the painting horizontally across the canvas in imperfect symmetry, ending on the central fulcrum of the unseen trunk, musically represented by a nearly unrecognizable quote of a well known, contextually appropriate tune.
The updates keep coming at a torrential pace don’t they? It seems like it would be a good idea to announce here that I was recently selected to compose a new piece for the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, conducted by Eric Hewitt, as detailed here. I will post more information once I have it, but the concert that the piece will be premiered on will take place in February, 2010. Someday I’ll get around to adding some of the pieces I have written over the past year.
I just had the honor of playing the opening fanfare (on herald trumpet no less) for Harvard’s ceremony awarding an honorary degree to Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy. The Archived Webcast can be found here. Shortly after Kennedy’s touchdown you will see the cameras zoom up into the rafters of Sanders Theatre right onto my torso. I also played principal trumpet in the premiere of Ryan Streber’s piece for Wind Ensemble, Distortions, the recording of which can be found on his website.
So, some who read this may know that I was not able to attend Boston Conservatory in 2005 due to various circumstances, but no matter as I have been accepted again to the graduate composition program and nothing is going to stop me this time. This may even be a better time to enter the program as I am in a much better position to be able to take trumpet lessons as well as composition lessons and play in ensembles. Should be a good time. Speaking of playing trumpet, playing principal on Kurt Weill’s wind ensemble suite from the Threepenny Opera is the most fun I’ve had playing trumpet in a long time, check
While browsing the scores at Harvard’s Loeb Music Library, I came across an extremely short trumpet duet by Satie, Carillon. This would be fairly uneventful except for the interesting way that the publisher found this piece, by randomly stumbling on some issues of Fanfare: A Musical Causerie, a magazine with an extremely short run in the 1920s, at the British Museum. On the centerfold of each issue were fanfares written by composers specifically for the magazine. Intrigued, I searched the Hollis Catalog for these and lo and behold, Harvard has a complete set. I asked very politely to make copies of the fanfares and as they are all in the public domain, I am making them available here. If anyone can figure out the name of the composer by the signature on the last one, “Fanfare
for a Meeting of Taxpayers” and possibly his dates (as I’m pretty sure it’s *not* the John Williams we are all familiar with), I’d much appreciate it. Enjoy!
Many changes going on here, hence the lack of updates. A new apartment and a new job as assistant to Harold Bursztajn with an updated bio and resume reflecting these changes. The entire site also underwent a subtle shift from html tables, to xhtml and css, with the barest sprinkling of tables. This change happening after spending months on the redesign of my previously mentioned new employer’s website which contains all you would ever care to know about forensic psychiatry. Added a writing page to the media section. Revamped the music compositions page removing the barely visible first pages of scores with the intent to replace them with fancy flash full scores with scrolling playback. The latest two compositions listed, Heavens as Brass and the Piccolo Trumpet Concerto No. 2 [1, 2, 3] are both gussied up in this way with more to come. As is evidenced by these last few items, I have been working on my web design chops, so if you’re looking for a simple but elegant website and don’t have the money to hire someone else you don’t know, look to me. Lastly, three short pieces of mine that have not yet been added to the compositions page were published on Round Online, a Zine with an inspiratory theme for every issue of which the linked to issue’s was Haiku. I’m sure I’ll think of more later, but I think I’ll save that for another entry.
Another long overdue update, this time with photos! Just go here and you will see some shots of Jenny and maybe even Jenny with a shot as well as some photos of a party at the aforementioned Jenny’s apartment that took place last January. Wow am I lazy.
Yes, I know updates have been few (none), but there are reasons you see. In addition to my always interesting job at Antiques on Cambridge Street, I have been filling my days off and my mornings before that job with work as a death-defying bike messenger. This has the added bonus of saving me the monthly fee of a gym. This will all change in the near future as I have been notified that I have been accepted to Boston Conservatory‘s graduate composition program, which will give me plenty of fodder for this website. Until then, I will take time to plug Round Online. A significant piece of said webzine just happens to be my good pal Beth (see 11/16/2004 entry).
Pictures taken while home for my combined Thanksgiving/early Christmas/Birthday holiday. My mom at Red Lobster and my little nephew’s first taste of wasabi. The new Minneapolis IKEA, the rollercoasters in the Mall of America, my mom’s new house and surrounding wilds, the St Croix river valley and Taylor’s falls. My mom’s adopted stray Elvis, me and my mom with Elvis, me and Samantha, Samantha on the bed, and another Sabina position. Some arty ones coming soon.