Matt and I take a look at the Alto Horn, A.K.A the Tenor Horn (or Peck Horn, or Blatweasel) and why it’s not used anymore in American bands.
Here’s a complete list of the chapters completed but not published on the website. These thirty chapters will all be available only in the book.
This is a sample from my upcoming book from the chapter on choral transcriptions. I have arranged Bruckner’s Locus Iste for a standard concert band. Full description is in the upcoming book, but for now, have a look at the score.
If you want to help make the book a reality, go to https://www.gofundme.com/bandestration
After a couple of weeks off, Matt and I discuss the Bass Saxophone.
Find out what is the only country to include this odd instrument in their band line up only in my upcoming book: A Course on Band Orchestration.
In late 2015, I was watching an interview with the magician Teller of Penn & Teller. Despite being the silent half of the duo, he’s surprisingly eloquent, having been a teacher Latin and Greek teacher before becoming a magician. In this interview, he talked about a Latin phrase that is key to his understanding of the art of magic: Omnia exeunt in mysterium – all things fade into mystery. This idea stuck me as being beautifully musical.
The philosophy is one that is pertinent to a Medieval way of life. Their view is that everything in the world is devolving from an initial state of perfection into one of chaos. This is also the world view of the author J.R.R. Tolkien who expressed it beautifully in his Silmarillion.
While I don’t personally ascribe to the concept, the range of possibilities grabbed hold of me, and I began to write.
It had been several years since I had completed a full piece. I had taken some different avenues in my life that led me away from being a composer. However, starting to work on the bandestration site began to focus me. This is the first fully mature work I’ve composed, and the first to be written after undertaking the massive project of creating a full orchestration and instrumentation text. It is a product of what I am calling my neo-impressionist style.
Omnia is scored for: