[Trombone-l] Henry Brant obit

emrose79@sonic.net emrose79 at sonic.net
Thu May 1 12:51:22 CDT 2008

Bay Bones played it (again?) some time later in the early '80s for the 
American Guild of Organists, at St Mary's Cathedral. It was not well 
received, with one member of the audience (presumably a professional 
organist) walking up to Henry and throwing his program at him before 
walking out. I was in one of the choirs in the balcony, which really 
made the piece a lot worse. To me (and I have to admit that I don't like 
that kind of music) the piece sounded like he was just stringing 
trombone effects together... "let's see, what kind I have them do next???"

(maybe the guy just didn't want the program to go to waste, so he was 
giving it back before he had to leave for a gig)


chris wrote:
> I played in the premier of Orbits. If we are talking about the same  
> piece.
> San Francsisco - Grace Cathedral.
> 10 choirs of eight, if I'm not mistaken.
> With organ.
> Very atmospheric. Not loud. Extensive sound effects with mutes. It  
> called for harmon mutes. Most people
> played large bore tenors, but of course no one had harmon mutes.  I  
> remember Joe Alessi (Sr) of Jo-Ral
> mutes made a killing selling harmons, straights and cups to all 80 of  
> us.
> I still have my harmon, straight and cup Jo-Ral mutes, but that is the  
> only time I used the harmon.
> The music made use of space with the trombones in a wide arc around  
> the audience.
> There must be others on the list who played in it.
> On May 1, 2008, at 3:19 AM, Patrick & Lisa Bates wrote:
>> http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/music_obit_henry_brant
>> Anyone played pieces by this man? Only time I've heard of a piece  
>> scored for 80 trombones!
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