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  1. Estudiantina Bergamasca Mandolin Competition

    Dear mandolin friends around the world,

    I am honored and delighted that the Concorso Musicale per Strumenti a Pizzico Estudiantina Bergamasca will be once again featuring my work The Song Inside...
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    Re: Japanese Commission / Premiere

    Thanks, Jim. "Bigness" was always the intention, right from the get-go. Most plucked ensembles are modest in size; this commission was a challenge and a novelty for me as I knew from the start that I...
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    Re: Japanese Commission / Premiere

    Thank you, Simon.

    The character of the piece is self-evident, I believe. I was thinking of splashing, tidal waves, crashing on the shores— but of course the Japanese may view that sort of thing...
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    Re: Japanese Commission / Premiere

    Dear mandolin friends worldwide,

    I am pleased and honored to share with you a recording from the recent premiere of Under the Northern Star, a symphonic work of mine for plucked orchestra,...
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    Re: Round picks

    Happy to see good old friends on this thread... :)

    Noise under the ear isn't necessarily noise in the audience. Bratsche and I are fellow bowed-string players by profession and have lived forever...
  6. Re: Dogal strings, Anyone tried them out and could comment?

    I believe that some folks who play "German type" bowlbacks use flat-wound Dogals; I have no experience to report on. I tend to associate flat-wound metal strings with bowed instruments, where the...
  7. Re: Concert aria for baritone and plucked orchestra

    Very happy to hear all that, Jim. Audio/video records are always welcome, of course, but the ultimate bottom line, what really matters in the end, is whether people enjoyed the musical experience....
  8. Re: Concert aria for baritone and plucked orchestra

    :redface: Needless to say, there's more to come. :)
  9. Re: Concert aria for baritone and plucked orchestra

    You raise many, interesting points. Here is my reply, perhaps too involved for anyone to care to read it. :)) My views, of course, are just my views, not universal values.

    It's fair to say that...
  10. Re: Concert aria for baritone and plucked orchestra

    Very happy to hear that, Jim. I hope that everyone in attendance at CMSA will enjoy this little piece. I'm happy to have made this arrangement.

    Music is to be shared; that's my "guiding star", if...
  11. Re: Concert aria for baritone and plucked orchestra

    Hello, Raimondo. I have just sent you the score and parts for this piece in both versions, both the original one for tenor and the subsequent arrangement for baritone. I hope you and your colleagues...
  12. Re: Concert aria for baritone and plucked orchestra

    Thank you for writing, Raimondo. I will send you the score and parts tonight, as soon as I get home. :)
  13. Re: Concert aria for baritone and plucked orchestra

    It's already in the mail, so to speak. ;) Email delivery time varies, of course, but you should have it soon enough.
  14. Re: Concert aria for baritone and plucked orchestra

    Greetings, all.

    The transposed version has been completed and circulated to all those on my global mando-list. If anyone not on my contact list would like to have the score and parts, they are...
  15. Re: Concert aria for baritone and plucked orchestra

    Thank you! :) It really is a fine performance and in a splendid space, the Archeological Museum of Athens. The piece itself is throwback to the early 19th century. I thought it made sense since the...
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    Eh, that's friendly enough for me. ;) I will zap the materials to you as soon as they are ready. I believe I have your email address on one of my databases but, if you don't mind, please send it over...
  17. Concert aria for baritone and plucked orchestra

    Moving right along... ;)

    Russian mandolin virtuosa Natalia Marashova recently asked me for a transposed version of my older work Alla mia bella insensibile, this time down to A-minor for baritone...
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    Re: Japanese Commission / Premiere

    True to form and right on schedule, the score and parts have just been delivered. :) I happily pass the torch to the good folks of the Sapporo Plectrum Ensemble. They have already programmed the...
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    Re: Japanese Commission / Premiere

    Thank you, Michael. So it is, indeed.

    Every new composition is a learning experience; you get to see your own work in a whole new light, you see things in the mirror that you may have never...
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    Re: Japanese Commission / Premiere

    Well... Sapporo is a long, long way away from New York City so I can't reasonably expect to attend in person. Perhaps some later performance, in my post-full-time-employment years, may be within...
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    Re: Japanese Commission / Premiere

    Thanks, Chuck. It's certainly a meaningful moment in my composing career. This is a big, splendid orchestra, they get a beautiful, lush sonority out of so many instruments....
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    Re: Japanese Commission / Premiere

    I sure hope so, Jim. It's a bit early to offer any specifics, of course. The good folks of Sapporo have posted other performances of theirs on the social media so I have reason to suppose that they...
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    Japanese Commission / Premiere

    Greetings, global mando-friends.

    I am delighted to share the exciting news that the Sapporo Plectrum Ensemble will premiere Under the Northern Star, a work I have written expressly for them, at a...
  24. Re: Interesting Instrument Santorini Greece

    :)) Just a guy with plenty of Crazy Glue to spare. ;)
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    A la Russe

    Dear mandolin friends around the world,

    I am delighted to share with you a most wonderful performance of my Samovar, a concert-piece written in the turn-of-the-century a la Russe style, by Het...
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