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Blue Bulerías

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John Bliss

John Bliss

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General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c.
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Publisher: Manuscript


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Program Notes

Blue Bulerías, by composer and arranger Master Sgt. John Bliss, derives its name from the fusion of styles it portrays: the bulerías form common in the flamenco guitar genre, and the “blues” familiar in American popular music. Bliss says the following about his piece:

“Throughout the piece, these influences are combined melodically (intruding ‘blue notes’), harmonically (the Spanish Phrygian progression superimposed on the blues form), rhythmically (syncopation, overlapping note groupings) and through the orchestration (the jazz associations of the vibraphone). For economy’s sake, the three mallet instruments are shared by multiple players and at times played simultaneously from opposite sides of the instrument. Some gestures employed are imitative of characteristic guitar or keyboard writing, while others are purely idiomatic to percussion. The piece also pays occasional homage to the five performers in the percussion quintet, by the use of pentatonic scales, five mallets (per player) and five-note phrases.”

-Program note by MSgt Brooke Emery


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Works for Winds by This Composer


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