Posts Tagged ‘Arvo Pärt’

Reading Session—September 2021

Friday, October 1st, 2021

Wow, it has been a long time since

  • I wrote a blog post here
  • I held a music reading session.

But a couple weeks ago—September 11, 2021 to be exact—I got together with Marc Temkin, John Sutton, Roland Moyer and Josh Lambert to read through bass ensemble music. It was so gratifying to get together with other musicians, in person, and play.

I was so excited over it, at one point I was literally tripping over my words. It was as if I had forgotten how to speak with other people and my brain was so excited to be talking about music.

I meant to write a post here sooner, documenting what we played, but I let that slide a bit and by now I have forgotten the details. I remember at least these:

  • Denny Berthiaume’s arrangement of The Teddy Bear’s Picnic
  • Carolyn White’s arrangement of the Adagio from Mozart K. 411
  • a sketch I’m working on of Arvo Pärt’s Fratres
  • …and I’m sure we hacked away at some madrigals and probably also had some David Heyes on the stands at some point.

We were about to get together back in March 2020 when the pandemic closed everything. We canceled then, out of precaution. It has taken this long to get back.

Going to do it again soon!

Proto Recording on MySpace

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Just discovered this partial recording of the Proto Quartet on MySpace. The group is called “Bass Pride 4tet” and is from Macere, Lazio, Italy.

There are three soundfiles of the Proto, they seem to correspond to two large sections of the first movement and one from the second movement. (I’m guessing that it was a live performance, and these are the parts that they felt were good enough to share?)

There is also a recording of Arvo Pärt’s Pari Intervallo that sounds pretty good. I don’t know the piece well enough to know if it’s complete.

There is even less information on this group’s MySpace page than there is on the Chicago Bass Ensemble’s MySpace page, and that’s saying something. A quick search doesn’t turn up any more information about them.

If you know anything about this group or the players, please leave a comment!