Contrapunctus XV/Es ist genug (Bach/Nelson)

BQ-197_Cover.jpg
BQ-197_Cover.jpg

Contrapunctus XV/Es ist genug (Bach/Nelson)

29.95

From the Meridian Folio collection by the Meridian Arts Ensemble: for Brass Quinet and Percussion

I arranged Contrapunctus XV / Es ist genug for a Meridian performance at the Lieksa Brass Festival. One of our concerts was in a church, and the program consisted of mostly old music. As was Meridian practice, we felt compelled to offer a 20th Century perspective on the pieces, both of which hold prominent positions in the canon. As Contra XV is unfinished, I thought it appropriate to cut directly Es ist genug (It is enough), as if Bach had had enough.

The only alteration to the fugue was the leaving “open” of certain vibraphone notes, extending consonances and creating suble dissonances.* Upon arrival at Es ist genug, the solemn quality of the fugue transforms to one of humor and jocularity, as the trombone plays a wacky figured bass, and the percussionist plays a very baroque xylophone obligato, wandering off into be-bop, with some very “blue” notes. This arrangement was recorded by Meridian Arts Ensemble on its cd “Alchemy”, with piccolo trumpet overdubbing the xylophone part at the end.

*When the percussion part has a phrase mark over vibes notes, the pedal should remain depressed. Sections without a phrase indication should be played by clearing each beat, lifting the pedal. The percussionist is encouraged to experiment with the motor speed as well. ---- Jon Nelson (BQ-197)

Quantity:
Add To Cart