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Spell By Aaron Alon
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Spell INSTRUMENTATION: Violin & 2 cellos While Spell is not truly programmatic, the music and movement titles are meant to create a loose story of sorcerers casting a spell. In the first... More > movement (“Spell”), the casting of the spell starts in the violin and is echoed and expanded upon by the second cello. The second movement (“Pagan Dance”) starts as an extension of the first, but gradually builds into a raucous and chaotic dance. The energy continually increases until it is finally suspended at a high point: the spell is ending; dawn in approaching. In the final movement (“Embers”), the fire begins to die. Various motives and themes return and are subject to increasing fragmentation. Though the spell and the fire are dying, the magic only fades from view. The movements are played without pause. Performance notes for atypical notation are provided within the context of the score. The movements are to be played attacca.< Less
Soul Flow - Score By Aaron Alon
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SOUL FLOW (for speaker, flute, clarinet, viola, & cello) was commissioned by the American Festival for the Arts for the 2013 Collaborations Concert in Houston, Texas. The commission was for a new... More > work for speaker and chamber ensemble, with writer Tacey A. Rosolowski and composer Aaron Alon responding to the year’s theme, “Desiring Her Soul to be Beautiful,” a line from a Ruth Valladares Corrêa poem that Heitor Villa-Lobos set in his Bachianas Brasileiras: Aria (Cantilena). Learn more and listen to this piece at aaronalon.com/soulflow/< Less
Fairy Tales By Aaron Alon
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Fairy TalesINSTRUMENTATION: Solo piano Fairy Tales was commissioned by the Renée B. Fisher Foundation for their thirtieth annual Renée B. Fisher Competition for Young Pianists. The... More > music seeks to capture the mysterious magic of fairy tales without referencing any particular stories. The piece is essentially a rondo, whose refrain continually evolves throughout the piece, often borrowing material from the preceding episodes. The piece offers some contemporary challenges to talented young players, including tonal ambiguity, complex rhythms, shifting meters, use of the sostenuto pedal, and one instance where the pianist may elect to play an optional additional three measures.< Less
Córdoba By Aaron Alon
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CórdobaINSTRUMENTATION: Solo oboe Each movement of "Córdoba" marked with a reference to a different, but similarly themed, poem. The first movement references Lorca’s... More > poem, Canción de jinete, as translated by Susana Cavallo; this is also the origin of the title, Córdoba. The second movement makes reference to Samuel Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The final movement references C.P. Cavafy’s Walls, as translated by Elena Spilioti. To the best of my knowledge, these texts have never been grouped together before, separated as they are by time, country, and language. Yet their juxtaposition may strike the listener as surprisingly natural. The poems are drawn together here by their common literary themes, their shared observations of a human nature which transcends nationalist boundaries, and by the embodiment of human isolation in the pathos of a solo oboe.< Less
Dulce Et Decorum Est- Violin II Part By Aaron Alon
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VIOLIN II PART A setting of Wilfred Owen's famous anti-war poem, "Dulce Et Decorum Est," for baritone and string quartet
Dulce Et Decorum Est- Violin I Part By Aaron Alon
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VIOLIN I PART A setting of Wilfred Owen's famous anti-war poem "Dulce Et Decorum Est," for baritone and string quartet
Dulce Et Decorum Est- Cello Part By Aaron Alon
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CELLO PART A setting of Wilfred Owen's famous anti-war poem for baritone and string quartet
Dulce Et Decorum Est- Viola Part By Aaron Alon
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VIOLA PART A setting of the famous Wilfred Owen anti-war poem "Dulce Et Decorum Est" for baritone and string quartet
Dulce et Decorum Est By Aaron Alon
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A setting of Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" for baritone and string quartet.
Hibakusha By Aaron Alon
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HibakushaINSTRUMENTATION: Solo flute Following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, many survivors were plagued with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. These survivors are known as Hibakusha. This... More > piece seeks to capture their state of shock, sometimes described as a 'frozen dream,' as they were ever-haunted by their devastating past. While this was first envisioned as a larger ensemble piece, there is something profoundly isolating about the condition of Hibakusha, which suggested the solo instrumental treatment adopted here.< Less