Spanish Silhouette, A
Subtitle: For Saxophone Quartet, Brass Ensemble, Contrabass, and Percussion
Saxophone Quartet (SATB)
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Bass Trombone I-II
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
About a year ago I was sitting at the piano playing and singing melodies, one after the other, as they came into my head (I don’t even want to think about how many hours I spend doing just this)... somewhat akin to "zoning out" at the piano. Stumbling upon one I immediately liked, I wrote it down with a few supporting harmonies. I can remember that it sounded either Brazilian or Spanish to me at the time, with guitars and double basses playing the tune... very sultry, very patient.
The opportunity to flesh out my melody came when Matt Roeder asked me to write a piece for the Southwest Regional CBDNA Conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after learning that he was invited to bring the band down for a performance.
The instrumentation both intrigued and frightened me. Could I really write a slow, silky tune for nothing but brass ensemble? That was the challenge, I thought. After a bit of orchestrating, I discovered that I needed a solo instrument or group to play lead in the piece, as if they were indeed singing this melody with an accompanying body (the brass) ... enter Saxophone Quartet. After adding a contrabass and three percussionists it became apparent that I was heading into personally untrodden territory: a tango hybrid. I am not of Spanish heritage, but I do love and have played the tangos of Astor Piazzola and Ernesto Nazareth quite a bit. I can even find myself moved by the interior of George Gershwin's Cuban Overture.
There is a moment towards the end of my piece that caused the woman to whom it is dedicated to make the quip, "Wow ... I like the Arabian Nights thing going on here!" This is now a running joke with us. She 'gets' the piece, truly.
- Program Note by composer
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- South Dakota State University (Brookings) Wind Symphony (Jacob Wallace, conductor) - 12 February 2021
- University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band Chamber Winds (Elliott Tackitt, conductor) – 6 October 2017
- University of Miami (Fla.) Frost Symphonic Winds (Christian Noon, conductor) – 20 April 2016
Works for Winds by This Composer
- American Child
- At Her Ladyship's Request (2017)
- The Bach Buch (as transcriber) (2011)
- Baroque (2018)
- Concerto Logic
- Double Concerto (2018)
- Four Factories (2006)
- The High Songs (2015)
- Hold This Boy and Listen (2008)
- Labyrinth (2019)
- My Brother's Brain (2011)
- Richard and Renée (2009)
- Serenade for Winds (2009)
- Slalom (2002/2008)
- A Spanish Silhouette (2010)
- The Three Embraces (2013)
- The Wranger (2006/2016)