Guerrieri: Now Once More (2009) (PDF, 2 pages, 122 Kb; MIDI here)
I’ve never ended up hiring trumpets for Easter, since I’m always miffed at how much they want to gouge me. But a very nice person at my church had the wherewithal to recruit a couple players from the local high school this year, so I wrote an introit for them. I’m not sure I like it as much as our usual Easter introit, but when life gives you trumpets, make trumpetade. (Plus, the first line makes a good Beckett-like title.)
In other news:
- Geoff Edgers profiles one of the best musicians I know.
- President Obama’s gift to the Queen of England—an iPod loaded with showtunes—was actually rather spot-on.
- “ACCESS TO QUALITY MUSIC EDUCATION SHOULD NOT BE ONLY FOR THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD IT. THE BENEFITS ARE TOO GREAT.” Emphasis Linda Ronstadt’s.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber, anti-piracy crusader! The original Phantom of the Opera is public domain, right? Puccini as well? Just sayin’.
- Although I would certainly not turn down some of that filthy lucre in order to bid on an original edition of the Kandinsky/Marc Der Blaue Reiter almanac, including facsimiles of song manuscripts by Schoenberg (“Herzgewächse”), Berg (“Warm die Lüfte”), and Webern (“Ihr tratet zu dem Herde”). Christie’s gives an estimate of $40,000-70,000. (Compare that with the number quoted in the first item in this list.)