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Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman


General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 9:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: OK Feel Good Music
Cost: Parts (Rental) - $300.00   |   Score Only (Purchase) - $34.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet (optional)
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Contrabass (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drums (2)
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Large Tam-tam
  • Marimba
  • Roto-toms (3)
  • Suspended Triangles (different sizes) (2)
  • Timpani (high) (2)
  • Timpani (low) (2)
  • Tom-toms (4)
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

I've respectfully borrowed the term massed winds from the 1932 masterwork Angels And Devils ("for massed flutes") by the great Henry Brant, but the title itself is from Psalm 130 (de profundis clamavi ad te Domine), a Penitential psalm sometimes incorporated into the Latin Requiem, and set to music by composers for hundreds of years. Commissioned by the Central Oklahoma Directors Association—for an ensemble of some 110 souls—the work is designed to use the largest (massed) ensemble possible to its greatest possible effect.

The medieval de profundis plainchant incipit, a gorgeous modal tune lamenting "Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD" winds its way throughout the work, transforming from lyrical chanting to the core of angry chorales. For much of the work the percussion consists mostly of different kinds of drums (2 bass drums, 2 sets of detuned timpani, 4 tom-toms, and 3 roto-toms). The drums lead a sound-world of ritualism, which the ensemble often realizes from aleatoric notation: improvisatory gestures played at the discretion of the players. Like a classic chiaroscuro, these aleatoric textures shift us between the worlds of darkness and light.


-Program Notes by Jonathan Newman


Commercial Discography

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