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Saints Fantasy

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James Stephenson

James Stephenson (trans. Rex Richardson)

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General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 11:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephenson Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

James Stephenson came late to his full-time composing career, having performed 17 seasons as a trumpeter in the Naples Philharmonic in Florida, a position he won immediately upon graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music. As such, he is largely self-taught as a composer. Colleagues and friends encouraged his earliest efforts and enthusiasm followed from all directions. His works have been performed by leading American orchestras and hailed by critics as having “straightforward, unabashedly beautiful sounds” and "Stephenson deserves to be heard again and again!" (Boston Herald). His music incorporates a fresh and energizing soundscape that delights the audience while maintaining integrity and worthwhile challenges for the performing musicians.

Saints Fantasy contains several of “Satchmo’s” [Louis Armstrong] most famous melodies, including When It’s Sleepy Time Down South, Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?, Hello, Dolly, What a Wonderful World and When the Saints Go Marching In. - Program Note from Kennesaw State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 10 October 2018

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  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University Wind Ensemble (David Kehler, conductor; Ryan Moser, trumpet) – 10 October 2018

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