Nancy Bloomer Deussen


Reflections on the Hudson

Instrumentation2+1 2+1 22 4331 timpani strings celesta harp glockenspiel (latter three are minor parts). Also available in a chamber orchestra version.
Length10 minutes
DifficultyMostly not difficult - however - there are lots of solos, notably oboe and cor anglais, a few other woods, and violin. The oboes are asked to "kiss" a high G once (during a full orchestral buildup; can be "safely" ignored if necessary). Violin solo goes as high as 2nd D on the E-string.
CommentsTonal/chromatic (more or less centered in "A minor" with all accidentals written in). Generally elegiac with lots of haunting solos, building climactically in a few places, and finally dying out quietly. Orchestration is quite open, excepting climactic sections. Pulse feel is typically in threes (6/8, 3/8, 9/8) though not regular. Stylistically, very much in the neo-romantic vein of Samuel Barber and Howard Hansen; Composed in 1955, and put on the shelf until recently. The composer studied under Vittorio Giannini, Lukas Foss and Ingolf Dahl.
SourcesScore, parts, and tape (Marin County Symphony performance) available from Bob Wendel Music, NYC

 ComposerPublisher
AddressNancy Bloomer Deussen
3065 Greer Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Bob Wendel Music, NYC
e-maildeussen@ix.netcom.com
phone  
fax(650) 858-2072 
website http://www.nancybloomerdeussen.com/ http://www.wendelmusic.com

ExtrasAvailable on the CD "Reflections on the Hudson" from Arizona University Recordings: MiloNep@aol.com
HistoryMany performances: "Professional World Premiere" was by the Marin County Symphony, April 1994 (Was chosen by the Marin County Symphony as the winner of their 2nd Bay Area Composer's Symposium Award, 1994).
ContributorHerb Gellis hgellis@mindspring.com founder and music director of the Hewlett-Packard Symphony Orchestra.
OtherFrom the composer: Deussen, Nancy Bloomer, Feb. 1, 1931. Still Living. Bloomer Deussen is a leader in the growing movement for more accessible, melodic, tonally oriented contemporary music. She has received numerous commissions from performers, orchestras, bands and chamber ensembles throughtout the USA. For reference please see: 1-International Who's Who in Music (11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Editions) 2-International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women(2nd Edition) 3-The World Who's Who of Women (11th Edition). All of the above published by: International Biographical Centre Cambridge, CB23QP England

Concerto for Clarinet and Small Orchestra

InstrumentationSolo clarinet(Bb), strings, harp and percussion
Length24:38
DifficultyOrchestra part-Easy to Intermediate. Solo clarinet part-difficult
CommentsStyle-Tonally oriented work. Quite accessible and melodic with minor jazz influences. The work has been tremendously successful with audiences.
SourcesScores and parts(computer typeset) are available for rent or purchase through Accessibility Music Publishing:

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Address Nancy Bloomer Deussen
3065 Greer Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
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fax(650) 858-2072?
website http://www.nancybloomerdeussen.com/?

ExtrasPerusal materials, including tapes, are available by contacting Accessibility Music Publishing. Available on the CD "Reflections on the Hudson" from Arizona University Recordings: MiloNep@aol.com
HistoryCommissioned by Richard Nunemaker, clarinetist of the Houston Symphony, who performed the first three performances. Also performed by The Palo Alto Philharmonic conducted by Gideon Grau.
Contributorhumbly submitted by the composer.
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Carmel-by-the Sea

Instrumentation2,2,2,2, 1 trumpet,2 horns, percussion(one player),strings
Length8:30
DifficultyEasy/medium difficulty. Could be played by a good high school orchestra
CommentsThe idiom is somewhat tonal and melodic. It is actually the middle section of a longer work. I have reworked it and given it a new title and I am now offering it as an independent work.
SourcesScore and parts available from Bob Wendel Music, NYC

ComposerPublisher
AddressNancy Bloomer Deussen
3065 Greer Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Bob Wendel Music, NYC
e-maildeussen@ix.netcom.com  
phone 
fax(650) 858-2072 
website http://www.nancybloomerdeussen.com/ http://www.wendelmusic.com

ExtrasA tape of the piece is also available from the composer for the purpose of perusal. Available on the CD "Reflections on the Hudson" from Arizona University Recordings: MiloNep@aol.com
HistoryThe original longer work was composed in 1987 for the Oakland Chamber Orchestra who actually never performed it as the orchestra folded before the scheduled performance! I recently (1997) decided to rework the middle section (which was always my favorite section) and offer it as a separate work under the new title. As part of the longer work, before the recent revisions, it was performed by The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra and the Nova Vista Symphony (both in California).
Contributorrespectfully submitted by the composer: Nancy Bloomer Deussen
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Ascent to Victory

Instrumentation1121 2100 one percussionist and strings
Length8 minutes
Difficulty-
CommentsWritten for the Special Olympics.
SourcesScore and parts available from Bob Wendel Music, NYC

ComposerPublisher
AddressNancy Bloomer Deussen
3065 Greer Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Bob Wendel Music, NYC
e-maildeussen@ix.netcom.com  
phone  
fax(650) 858-2072 
website http://www.nancybloomerdeussen.com/ http://www.wendelmusic.com

ExtrasAvailable on the CD "Reflections on the Hudson" from Arizona University Recordings: MiloNep@aol.com
HistoryThis was a dual commission from the American Composer's Forum and the Mission Chamber Orchestra (Cal.). It has been performed by the Mission Chamber Orchestra, the Hayward State Univ. Symphony Orchestra under the direction of O-lister Kirk Smith, and the Women's Community Orchestra of Berkeley under the direction of Ann Krinitsky, and the Kona Community Orchestra conducted by Ken Staton.
Contributorrespectfully submitted by the composer: Nancy Bloomer Deussen
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A Silver, Shining Strand

Instrumentation2/2/2/2 4/3/2/1 Perc/Timp Harp Strings
Length20 minutes
DifficultyAdv. Intermediate
CommentsThis suite for orchestra is a memorial commissioned work for a lovely woman who passed away at the untimely age of 32. Movements were inspired by her poetry but piece is strictly orchestral (no singing). There are two fast movements and two slow, including one inspired by the Mexican culture. Very melodic and lyrical but definitely contemporary with interesting counterpoint and rhythms. Lots of percussion and interesting parts for everyone.
SourcesRental available via Bob Wendel Music, NYC http://www.wendelmusic.com
Extrasscore and recording will be available after its premiere
HistoryWorld Premiere on November 11th, 2001 by The Diablo Symphony conducted by Joyce Johnson-Hamilton.
ContributorThe composer
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The Peninsula Suite

InstrumentationString Orchestra and solo string quartet
Length10:17
DifficultyAdv Intermediate
CommentsThis suite was originally composed for the string players of the Palo Alto Unified District. They were only able to perform two movements and since the piece was not typeset it sat on a back shelf until last year when I sent it to Peter Willsher in a score call. Fortunately the piece is now typeset! The piece is lyrical and accessible and was extremely well received by both players and the audience.
SourcesPublisher- Fountain Park Music Publishing. Contact Tracey Rush at Iowamusic@aol.com
Extras
HistoryIt was composed in 1994 but only recently(August, 2001) was premiered by Sinfonia Musica of Ottawa, Canada conducted by Peter Willsher
ContributorThe composer
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American Hymn

Instrumentation2+picc/2/2/2 - 4/3/3/1 - timp - 3 perc, harp & strings.
Length5 minutes
DifficultyEasy prof., moderate school.
CommentsA stirring hymn carrying the dedication:
"In appreciation of how fortunate I am to be a citizen of this great nation."
Suitable for subscription to Pops to Patriotic.
SourcesAvailable on rental from Robert Wendel Music, NYC http://www.wendelmusic.com
Extras
HistoryTo be premiered by The Diablo Symphony conducted by Joyce Johnson-Hamilton on July 1, 2 and 3, 2005 at the John Muir Amphitheatre in Martinez, CA.
ContributorRobert Wendel
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A Field In Pennsylvania

Instrumentation2+picc/2+E Hn/2+B Cl/2 - 4/3/2/1 - timp + 3 perc & strings
Length6:45
DifficultyModerate
CommentsDedicated to the passengers & crew of UA Flight 93, this is a work of passion and struggle, tragedy and triumph. Appropriate at any concert as its language is truly universal.
SourcesAvailable on rental from Robert Wendel Music, NYC, http://www.wendelmusic.com.
Extrasmp3 audio demo plus downloadable perusal score in PDF available at: .
HistoryPremiere scheduled for Feb. 2007 by the Diablo Symphony... unless someone else wants it before then! Score & parts are ready.
ContributorRobert Wendel
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