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    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 concert celebrating the orchestra's 80th anniversary on September 28th of this year at the Sapporo Kitara Concert Hall. There will also be further performances in 2020.

    This is a significant landmark in my composing career because, while I have had several works performed in Japan and/or by Japanese musicians, this is the first time that I am writing a new work expressly for a Japanese plectrum ensemble. As you know, those are often quite large and wonderful orchestras of fine, serious, dedicated musicians.

    I hope the audiences share my excitement...

    Cheers to the rich mandolin culture of Japan!

    Victor
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    We all look forward to hearing the performance; hope it will be posted....?

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    Congratulations, Victor!!
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    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 will do the same in this case, too.

    Also, as is my common practice, I will be happy to circulate the score and parts gratis as PDF files to any and all who may want them. For now, I'll just keep this score under wraps as the Sapporo orchestra has premiere rights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CES View Post
    Congratulations, Victor!!
    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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    Congratulations. Will you be able to be there in person? In any event, it must be a hugely proud occasion for you!
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    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 reach. I can only hope... The premiere will be on the occasion of the orchestra's 80th anniversary but there are already other performances scheduled tentatively for the 2020-2021 season.

    And yes, I am certainly very proud and happy to have been given this wonderful opportunity. Japanese plucked orchestras are often huge by most American and/or European standards, sometimes numbering over a hundred musicians! So writing this piece has been a challenge in "painting a with broader brush", so to speak. A celebratory fanfare for a large orchestra requires bold strokes.
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    Victor,

    This is fabulous. I look forward to hearing this piece in future. An absolutely wonderful milestone for you. And, an 80 year celebration for them.

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    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 noticed before. Having written for so many smaller ensembles over the years, I've become a bit of a miniaturist, patiently carving every little detail, every pick-stroke, every minor articulation. See, for example, all the complex divisi splitting instrumental sections in my Samovar that Het Consort premiered recently so beautifully. Needlework.

    This new work is laid out on a whole other canvas, so to speak: sections comprise 10 of this, 12 of that, a roomful of guitars, some 50+ musicians on stage. So the painting is in broader brush-strokes, the volume of the sonority, the weight of the various musical gestures is on an entirely different scale. To make things even grander and more festive, the good folks in Sapporo have asked me to include a part for timpani (!) to dramatize and punctuate this score. So there's much for me to learn and have fun with.

    At the end of the day, I can only hope that the audiences will share my excitement when they hear the final product of my labors...

    Cheers,

    Victor
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    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 premiere for this coming September; rehearsals begin immediately, this very week I believe. I have no doubt that they will do a brilliant job of this simple, straightforward score.

    I move on with the transposition of another, older work of mine at the request of yet another mandolin colleague and friend. Stay tuned...

    Cheers,

    Victor
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    Sorry. Mistaken post.
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