Sy Brandon


Woodwind Trio Compositions of Sy Brandon
Craters of the Moon for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano - This composition was composed for Trio De Bois (Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon) and Piano. There are three movements that are inspired by Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. It is especially appropriate during this 50th anniversary of the moon walk as the astronauts trained at this location. The first movement is called Violent Past. Much of this movement is built around the dissonant intervals of a half step and the tritone. The second movement is called "Lunar Landscape" and is more evocative rather than descriptive. It creates a feeling of vastness and openness.This movement is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of landing on the moon that is being celebrated at the same time that this movement was created. The Apollo 14 astronauts trained at Craters of the Moon in 1969 in order to learn more about volcanic geology. "Forces of Nature" is the title of the third movement. There are five natural phenomena in the park that are represented musically, The Great Rift, Lava Flow, Vents, Cinder Cones, and Lava Tubes. Each of these have a motif that is descriptive and the motifs transform and combine as the movement progresses. Advanced


Divertimento for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon or Tenor Saxophone - Divertimento is in three movements. The first movement Frolic has three main thematic ideas. The second movement Ballad is lyrical at an Andante tempo. The last movement Tarantella is in a lively tempo. The form of this movement is a large ABA(Scherzo, Trio, Scherzo). Advanced


March of the Trapezoids - This piece was composed for the Third Wheel Trio's 15 Minutes of Fame concert and lasts one minute. A trapezoid is a geometric figure that contains two parallel lines and two lines that are not parallel. This short March contains parallel elements and contrasting elements, hence the title. Rhythm, dynamics, and articulation create the contrasts while imitation and repetition of melodic ideas create the parallelism. Makes a nice encore piece. Advanced


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