Sy Brandon

 

Mixed Quartets and Larger of Sy Brandon
   

Mixed Quartets


Four Poems for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet and Piano - Four Poems (Soprano. Flute, Bb Clarinet, and Piano) is a dramatic setting of four Romantic poems by Walt Whitman, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Robert Frost, and Edgar Allan Poe. While the music is tonal, the tonality is constantly shifting. The music reflects the meaning of the text by setting the mood and through the use of word painting. There is some brief narration that can be performed by the soprano or by the soprano with optional audience participation. It was been recorded by Conundrum on the CD Collage. The soprano performs from the score. There are separate parts for flute, clarinet and piano. Advanced

$20.00

In The Land of Wonder-Wander for Piano Quartet - In The Land of Wonder-Wander attempts to capture the essence of both Maxfield Parrish’s illustration and Eugene Fields’ poem The Dinkey-Bird. Both the painting and the poem create the feeling of a magical place where beauty, joy and pleasure abound. It is a mysterious place, perhaps as occurring in a dream, yet a place where one does not wish to leave. In The Land of Wonder-Wander begins quietly with vague tonality and sparse instrumentation as it transports the listener into this mystical land. As the tempo becomes stricter and the instrumentation fuller, the beauty of this place is apparent. A change to a triple meter and a faster tempo creates a joyous and wondrous section as there are many sweet treats growing to satisfy the soul. Children scampering and playing are represented by an allegro section with playful melodies and slight dissonance. The Dinkey Bird becomes the focus of the next section, which uses a staccato motif surrounded by rapid scales and arpeggios. These ideas build in intensity, expressing the wonder and beauty of this far away land, until they begin to fade away as the land recedes into the sea. A last flourish occurs as if one is trying to hold on to the experience before one wakes up from this marvelous dream. Advanced

10.00

In the Land of Wonder-Wander for Fl., Bb Cl., Vc., & Pf. - In The Land of Wonder-Wander attempts to capture the essence of both Maxfield Parrish’s illustration and Eugene Fields’ poem The Dinkey-Bird. Both the painting and the poem create the feeling of a magical place where beauty, joy and pleasure abound. It is a mysterious place, perhaps as occurring in a dream, yet a place where one does not wish to leave. In The Land of Wonder-Wander begins quietly with vague tonality and sparse instrumentation as it transports the listener into this mystical land. As the tempo becomes stricter and the instrumentation fuller, the beauty of this place is apparent. A change to a triple meter and a faster tempo creates a joyous and wondrous section as there are many sweet treats growing to satisfy the soul. Children scampering and playing are represented by an allegro section with playful melodies and slight dissonance. The Dinkey Bird becomes the focus of the next section, which uses a staccato motif surrounded by rapid scales and arpeggios. These ideas build in intensity, expressing the wonder and beauty of this far away land, until they begin to fade away as the land recedes into the sea. A last flourish occurs as if one is trying to hold on to the experience before one wakes up from this marvelous dream. Advanced

$10.00

Legacy for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano - Legacy is a three movement composition that makes social commentary on the issue of global warming. It was commission and premiered by the Washington Sinfonietta, Rufus Jones, conductor, and later transcribed by the composer for quartet for the chamber music group, enhaké". I. Conflicts - This movement begins with a "cry" from native cultures admonishing our neglect of the environment. The cry is interspersed with "debate" regarding the seriousness of global warming. The debate grows stronger as the cries grow weaker. The debate is quieted by a measure of repeated chords that could be the words, "stop it! stop it now!". A weak cry in the clarinet brings the introduction to a close. An Allegro section follows with a rhythmic and primitive sounding section representing the underdeveloped nations that are destroying the rain forests for economic gain. This material evolves into a more harmonic and contrapuntal section representing industrialized nations reluctant to change, also for economic reasons. Things quiet down as the music takes the listener to another part of the globe, East Asia. Conflict is again present in this section. The music returns to a varied restatement of the industrialized nations music before traveling to India for a section influenced by Raga. This section builds in dissonance until we hear the repeated "stop it now" chords from the introduction. A brief reprise of the cries bring the movement to a close. II. Consequences - This movement evokes a somber mood that is reflective of living in a climate of extremes. The movement is in arch form as it begins and ends with open harmony reflective of barren lands that once were fertile. The middle section serves as a climax expressive the harshness of the climate. Colleen McCollough’s book, "A Creed for the Third Millennium" was a source of inspiration for this movement. III. Sacrifice and Compromise - The movement begins with a strong section that suggests progress. It is followed by a quieter and intense section that alternates lyrical lines over a staccato ostinato that creates a sense of urgency. The opening section returns and is followed by a development of the ostinato section. This section is symbolic of how ideas need to be adapted in order for progress to be made. The opening section returns once more before leading into the concluding section where there is coming together of the instruments on a long lyrical line representing more and more people working together for change. The movement ends with a sense of triumph over adversity. Legacy has been recorded by enhaké" on the Emeritus Recordings CD Legacy. Advanced

$15.00

Scenes from Wonderland for Soprano, Flute, Cello and Piano - This work in inspired by characters and scenes in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”. The five movements are The White Rabbit, The Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter, The Mock Turtle, and The Queen of Hearts. Advanced

$15.00

Wonderland for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon - This work in inspired by characters and scenes in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and can be performed with or without narrator. The narrator reads poetry written by Sy Brandon that describes the character and scene of each movement. The six movements are Alice, The White Rabbit, The Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hatter, The Mock Turtle, and The Queen of Hearts. Advanced

$15.00


 

Mixed Quintets and Larger


Chaconne and Variations (ob.,al. sax, 2 Hns., trom., piano) - The chaconne and variations permeate both the slow and fast sections of this piece. Modal harmony prevails while contrapuntal lines weave towards several exciting climaxes. Advanced

$10.00


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