Symphony # Numberless: S-MATRIX

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Description

Inspired by a love of the merging of two worlds, the Buddhists of millennia ago and the quantum physicists of today, this piece is about the spontaneous and simultaneous annihilation-creation of subatomic particles, the S-MATRIX being a table of probabilities concerned more with the dance than the dancers in this inner-world scattering.

But more than just a graphic representation of events, the piece asks, "WHAT is colliding? WHAT is created?... and what is being destroyed?"

Each note, phrase, and section is about the dance, the intermediate states of existence... the Storm of Being.

Symphony #2: At Life's Edge

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Description

A work exploring the Precipice of Life & Death.

Lightfall, Symphony IIII - for Symphony Orchestra & Band 3M

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Recording Coming Soon.  It will be a part of the STORMWORKS Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer.

CONCERTO for VIOLIN

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Description

This piece, in a newly "composed" transcription, is on the STORMWORKS... Chapter FIVE-8 CD, as recorded by Ms. Reiko Suzuki and the Japan Air Self Defense Force Band.

Godspeed!

 

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AFTER THE STORM for Chorus & Band

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Swing Slave

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Description

Picture a Marche Slave in the style of Glenn Miller, and you've got SWING SLAVE for jazz ensemble. Playable and fun, it'll make your group sound like the Miller band, complete with the Krupa-esque drum solo. It's also orchestrated for optional flutes, clarinets, and horns so that it can be utilized with a full concert group or extended jazz band.

A more advanced Manhattan Transfer-like 4-part optional Vocal is also included.

Jurassic Blues, Or Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Leave the Park

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Description

For those of you who have heard or rendered A WALK IN JURASSIC PARK, (now called In the Beginning), you'll get a kick out of this!

JURASSIC BLUES, Or Just When You Thought it Was Safe to Leave the Park is a Swing version of the concert work! What, you say! Yes, hard driving, swingin' blues using the themes from the concert work. Jurassic Blues is for a good high school or college jazz ensemble.

Always the Return from 12:01PM

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Description

The Academy-award nominated film, 12:01PM, called for an Adagio which was rendered as the closing statement. The Adagio is a work for small orchestra, bittersweet and sublime. Always the Return is scored for: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, 3 Horns, Piano, Harp, Timpani, Percussion, Strings.

TOP SECRET!


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Description

(Please share this with your Vocal Department!)

This 21-minute, pre-taped 1940's Spy-Love-Swingin' Show Choir piece comes with script, lyrics, staging directions, comfortably scored choral arrangements and a pre-taped orchestral - 1940's swing band backup CD that will make rehearsals go smoothly and performances exact.

The work features a beautiful ballad, Secret Love, as well as Manhattan Transfer-like swing numbers. This is a great choice for either adjudicated events or special presentations.

It's a mini-musical!

Pieces include:

1. Top Secret 3:22
2. He's a Spy 2:01
3. Secret Love Prelude 2:37
4. Spies on the Street 2:31
5. Swing Slave 2:38
6. Chase & Capture 4:52
7. Secret Love 4:34
8. Top Secret Finale 1:50

Beyond this Place of Wrath & Tears

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DOUG MONROE REACTIONS to the Clarinet & Orchestral Version:

"Dear Steve, The Clarinet piece... captures my loneliness. I do not know if the Music is expressing my feelings, or if my feelings echo the Music. This piece resonates in the marrow of my bones. It's just beautiful! I love the cymbal work. The strings will give just the right color to the clarinet in this piece. As I told you before, it is exceptionally expressive. Now that I'm finished for summer, I'm going to start working on it and will play the piano reduction on my fall recital (as well as in Europe next year).

When I first heard this music, I thought "How could he know what I've been through over the past 4 years especially, but at a deeper level, the things I've struggled with all my life?" I hear so much in this piece that talks about my pain and my peace. Wonderful how great art can mean so many things to so many different people. I can't wait to play this in the fall. I am so in awe of your sensitivity and musical gift, man." Doug

and after the rcording...

On Feb 16, 2012, at 12:09 AM, Doug Monroe wrote:

"Hey man...I'm just listening to your piece again now that I've had a bit of time to separate me from recording it. You are so gifted, Steve. I wanted to tell you again how moved I am by your ability to communicate emotions the way you do with your art. I'm in awe. And I'm so fortunate to have been involved with this piece. Thank you. And thank you for your friendship. Yours," Doug

That We Might Live (for Orchestra)

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Another take on the "cost" others have paid that we might live...