The composer has written the following note: "The clarinet was my first instrument. I learned it from my father, who played it in small swing bands in New England during the Depression era. He was my first and most important teacher, sitting in the front room with me, patiently counting out rhythms and checking my embouchure and fingering. Benny Goodman was a role model, and several of his recordings - in particular the Carnegie Hall jazz concert and a Mozart album with the Boston Symphony Orchestra - were played so often in the house that they almost became part of the furniture. During my high school years I played the instrument alongside him in a small community orchestra that gave concerts before an audience of mental patients at the New Hampshire State Hospital.

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Nonesuch Records, I am starting with John Adams. In one way, this is a terrible place to start, since Adams is complicated, modern music, with permutations and a knowledge of musical history well beyond my amateurish abilities.

Otherwise, it is perfect. The first is Adolph Adam, composer of Giselle, who I will come back to at some point. Just like me! The symmetry! Well, sort of. The clarinet was the instrument I started out on when I joined the junior high band. But we really need a bassoon player. The first movement is based on an imagined Protestant hymn for which Adams has actually given us the words.

I dare you to listen to this piece without having distracting thoughts of dancing cows. Happy birthday, dad. Bookmark the permalink. Mackey on said: Hi: Robert and I were roommates at O. That was as I recall. We lived in the 2nd floor of a house. He was a good cook and he and Ray Gaziek, another math major, shared the cooking and he asked me to do the same. I still have a kitchen wet stone he owned; it was among his possession left behind when he went off to Arkansas State. Maybe you have them now.

He would play while he read his books. His intellect was amazing to me; I so admired him for that. It would have been easy for him to be condescending around me and others not up to his level, but he never was, at least to me. He read a lot of science fiction and on occasion would give me a story to read; they were always good stories.

His major was algebra. I darest not try to discuss it with him. I never got beyond algebra II, but asked him about those more-familiar-to-all-of-us courses. He guffawed and told me they represented on small corner in the field of algebra. In general, I felt he could answer about any question about math or science. On the day of the tests he would ask the professor what he had covered since the last test.

I guess that was enough to ace most of the tests. He told me that as a baby his mother would take him with her in a bassenet and put him besides the piano while she played at various places she was asked to play.

I remember when he told me he was leaving for either Arkansas or to get married to Dean. That left me alone in the apartment and I recall I worked for the landlord painting after Robert left. My last conversation with him was probably in when I called him from China where I was teaching. The last time I saw him was when Neosha, my wife, and I drove through Jonesboro on the way back from a visit to Oklahoma. That was John Mackey August 18, at pm said: thanks so much for the comment — love the story of the college years coors!

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Tejora Genre Chamber Music Classical. Subscribe to our email newsletters. Streams Videos All Posts. The second movement is a rodeo as seen through the eyes of the cattle, who generally are roped, tied, wrestled, ridden and otherwise antagonized.


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Fenribar Gnarly Buttons — Wikipedia There was a problem with your submission. The melodic line is twisted and embellished from the start, appearing first in monody and eventually providing both micro and macro material for the ensuing musical structures. Please try again later. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our johm. Gnarly Buttons In addition to the solo clarinet, the work is scored for thirteen musicians, including a banjo player who doubles on mandolin and guitara cor anglaisa bassoona trombonepianotwo sampling keyboards loaded with samples that include accordionclarinetand cowand strings.

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