Victoria Bond

Notes From Underground

Year: 1985

Duration (in minutes): 10'39;59'34;

Difficulty: Medium (college/community)

Category: small chamber ensembles - 2 to 4 players, solo instrument with piano, solo woodwind with piano

Instruments: alto, alto saxophone, any female voice, any low voice, any saxophone, any voice, any woodwind, piano

Publisher: Theodore Presser

Description: Prem: 10/9/85; Kingsport Fine Arts Center, Kingsport, TN
Rec: 1993; Protone Records
Structured as a dramatic tone poem and an early study for the later orchestral Urban Bird, the piece describes a scenario between a street musician playing on a subway platform and passing trains who continually drown out his music.
“A fascinating programmatic piece” Chattanooga Times
“It is based on the jazz idiom, and is at times heavy and dissonant. However it has a driving rhythmic energy and was presented with zeal by both performers.” The Kingsport Times

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