Bradley Sowash

Fiddle Loops

InstrumentationString Orchestra
Length22 minutes in 5 movements
DifficultyAdvanced student level.
CommentsAmerican and Asian fiddle styles mixed with plenty of Sowash. It uses a lot of loops in the individual parts with the listener interest resulting from overlapping layers. I’ve found that this is a good way to get students to play long semi-difficult pieces with more success.
ExtrasScore and audio samples are available here:
HistoryPremier on 12/11/2011 by the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra's Youth Strings program.
ContributorBradley Sowash
Independent Composer/Pianist

The Spirit of Christmas

InstrumentationChamber Orchestra or larger: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 2 French Horns, 2 Trumpets, Violins I, II, Violas, Cellos, Contrabasses; Optional: Jazz Trio – Piano, Bass and Drum Set
Length5 sections – 22 minutes total (Sections can also be performed individually.)
CommentsEvokes the seasonal emotions many of us experience on the annual journey from late Fall through Christmas day with parallels to the symbols associated with candles on the advent wreath. Musically, it integrates traditional chamber orchestra (no low brass or percussion) with the improvised stylings of a jazz trio (piano, bass and drum set) in a quasi concerto format. Includes optional cadenzas for trumpet and cello.
HistoryPast performances by community orchestras in Westerville, Ohio and Chicago.
ContributorBradley Sowash

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