Preparation for the upcoming UMWO concert has been a unique challenge. One piece in particular, Martinu's Nonet, is scored for only nine players and requires a different form of chamber musicianship than is normative for Wind Orchestra.
We began learning the Nonet with the Help of Dr.Votta's conducting, which laid the foundation for the piece. Later, we experimented with removing the conductor and playing the Nonet as chamber music. This presented new challenges. We learned to watch and listen to our colleagues so that each movement would maintain a steady tempo, uniform articulations, tight rhythms, proper balance and cleanly executed transitions.
Playing without the help of a conductor has been a veritable but rewarding challenge. It allows us a greater measure of spontaneity and gives the audience a chance to see communication between players. Hopefully, both the hard work we have invested and the fun we have had working on the Nonet will be apparent come concert time!
Monday, February 13, 2012
We finally have a working title, and music for our commissioned piece from Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). His new work is titled "The Order of an Empty Place". Below are DBR's program notes on the piece, hot off the presses. The Wind Orchestra is very excited to premier this new and exciting new work for full instrumentation wind orchestra plus solo electric violin, and we hope to have a great showing in the audience for this concert on the 29th of March!