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New Performance, ElevenTwelve for Tuba and Electronic Accompaniment
ElevenTwelve was composed in 2019 for Bill Pritchard, for inclusion in a recital presentation on the performance of graphic scores for tuba, for premiere at Arizona State University at the International Women’s Brass Conference. The work is centered around the convent where medieval nun, composer, author, and theorist Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) lived and worked. Hildegard joined the convent as a young girl, traveling the seventeen miles from her home in the neighboring town of Bingen. When Hildegard arrived there, in the year 1112, she found a quiet and peaceful setting, the convent buildings in harmony with the surrounding forest and farmland. Set atop a hill in rural Germany, at Disibodenberg, the abby had been founded as a sacred place with the construction of a church in the year 640. Hildegard flourished under the creative atmosphere she found there, and after receiving her education, stayed into adulthood, and became Abbess in 1136, overseeing all operations of the thriving community of nuns. Hildegard went on to become a major political figure, author, and spiritual leader.
Looking to add to your music library? Bring these Fresh Faces onto your music stand. How about Hildegard von Bingen’s medieval chant music, updated for trombone or euphonium with electronics? Or perhaps music from the Chevalier de Saint-George’s violin concertos, for low brass duo or quartet? The sheet music collection includes original compositions, as well as arrangements including solo, duo and chamber music of varying levels. New titles are being added all the time, visit the store for instant download or hard copy purchase.
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