[Trombone-l] Henry Brant obit

chris chris at iris.washington.edu
Thu May 1 13:22:17 CDT 2008


Ok, thanks for getting it right.

It was St Marks, not Grace.

On May 1, 2008, at 10:51 AM, emrose79 at sonic.net wrote:

> 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)
>
> Ed
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> 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.
>>
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>>
>> 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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