March 2010

Oops! Halfway through the month already and I only just realized that I forgot to write my monthly update.

The third movement of Trio for clarinet, bassoon, and piano is finished, and the second movement is underway. I’m hoping it will be finished soon–I’ve been working on this for far too long!

A new project, for my friend Scotty Stepp, saxophone professor at DePauw University, is an orchestral version of the Presto from Jascha Gurewich’s Saxophone Concerto, op. 102. Interesting story behind it; the concerto was written for saxophone and band in 1926, but the band materials seem to have vanished or something. A Google search reveals that several saxophonists are interested in performing it with band, but nobody seems to know where the band parts are. All we have is the piano reduction, published by Rubank. So Scotty has me doing an orchestral version of the third movement only, and if all goes well, we may work on the first two movements as well. We’ll see what happens with that.

Another friend of mine who is a massage therapist has been after me for a while to record some relaxation music, and I’ve taken a few stabs at it. Surprisingly, it’s turning out to be more difficult than I would have thought. I’m attracted to the idea of simplicity in writing, but the challenge is simplifying my style without letting it become simplistic.

Martha and I drove up to Carmel last night to hear Sylvia McNair with the Carmel Symphony, in a program that included eight of my arrangements. It was fun hearing them all, and of course she made them sound wonderful! Now, of course, I wonder if I’ll ever get to hear them again…

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3 Responses to March 2010

  1. Paul says:

    Hi,

    I am performing the Gurewich Concerto and was wondering how the writing of the orchestra parts went. Did you manage to finish the 3rd movement? The whole concerto? It was quite the undertaking either way, I am sure.

    Eagerly awaiting your reply,

    Paul

  2. admin says:

    I guess I haven’t updated the blog in a while, and it’s been a while since I’ve said anything about the Gurewich project. I’ll bring it up to date soon, but here’s a short update on it.

    I finished the orchestral version of the third movement a while ago, but Scotty decided to change the project, and I ended up doing a band arrangement of the entire concerto. I finished it recently and sent it to Scotty, and he plans to perform it hopefully in the Spring.

    The understanding I have with Scotty is that he should have exclusive rights to the arrangement for the time being. I plan to make it available to other saxophonists eventually, depending on whether or not the copyright holder will agree to permit that. (I don’t think they’re likely to refuse, but can’t guarantee it.)

    A few other people have inquired about this, so I’m going to start a mailing list for updates to the project. I’ll be happy to add you to the list.

    Thanks for your interest in the project.

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