This will be the final blog post introducing everyone to our repertoire for next year. After today's post, the blog will focus on a greater variety of wind repertoire, concerts in and around the DC area, and other art happenings in DC that UMWO fans might be interested in.
Today's post is about "Sleepless Slumber" by Guusje and Puck Ingen Housz. The piece is written for voice, piano, winds, and metronome and was the winner of the Youth Composition Contest for the Netherlands Wind Ensemble's "On to New Year's Concert 2008." The NBE has recorded this piece and you can download the .mp3 or buy the whole album here. You can also listen to a piano/vocal/metronome reduced version here, which is linked through the NBE's website. If you listen to the reduced version, which is a full realization of the piece, you might find it valuable to at least listen to the sample that is available through Amazon for comparison. That sample can be found here.
The piece is difficult to find information on, unless you speak Dutch, so it is probably best to let the music speak for itself. You can find a copy of the vocal text below. Enjoy!
Bicycle, twicycle, tricycle, volcano
Drifting off at dawn