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TRAVIS ALFORD "Transitions" for Flute, Trumpet, and Piano

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TRAVIS ALFORD (b. 1983) is a composer, trumpet player, and improviser in the Boston area. Growing up in Spring Hope, NC, he began playing the trumpet at the age of 11 in school concert and jazz bands, community groups, and in church. In college he discovered he was much better at composing than playing the trumpet (though he still tries). As a performer, Travis played with the ECU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, various chamber and jazz ensembles, and with the North Carolina "Pops" Orchestra. While at NEC he was a member of The Forge, a contemporary improvisation collective under the direction of Tanya Kalmanovitch. Current projects include Test Pattern, a composer/performer collaboration with composers Dan Van Hassel (piano) and Mu-Xuan Lin (voice), and the experimental & collaborative music series COMPROVISED (BOS & NY), of which Travis is co-founder and Artistic Director. He is also co-founder of the Park Street Brass Ensemble, based at Park Street Church in Boston, where he is also on the leadership board of the arts ministry, which

SOUNDINGS

Composer: 

The title of my double bass quartet, Soundings, is a reference in part to the nautical term for measuring the depth of water. This term has an obvious connection to the double bass as the “deepest” sounding string instrument of the orchestra. “Soundings” can also refer to various types of exploration, and the five movements of the piece are my personal “explorations” of the instrument that is closest to me. Soundings was commissioned by and is dedicated to Robert Oppelt, Rick Barber, Jeff Weisner and Ali Yazdanfar, all members of the National Symphony Orchestra at the time of this commission in 2000.

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David T. Little "Musik Fur Den Schultheiss"

Musik für den Schultheiß is a rather sweet and formally mysterious work, composed in response to the Terpsichore by Michael Praetorius. Praetorius's real last name was Schultheiß, which, in old German, meant something close to “mayor of a small municipality.” This accounts for the German title, which I carried one step further by
adding the gently sarcastic subtitle.

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