Orchestra

In December, 2010, I premiered two new works for orchestra to a mid-concert standing ovation. Even the musicians were shaking my hands afterward telling me how much they enjoyed it. I’ve had similar experiences with big band holiday arrangements. I gather from musician colleagues that there is a dearth of interesting works for holiday concerts (how many Sleigh Rides can one hear?) so I feel like I’ve stumbled into a niche. Bottom line: I’ve never had so much fun writing as I did making these arrangements and I want to continue so I’m really glad you are here to peruse my orchestra writing. – Bradley Sowash

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  • The Spirit of Christmas (orchestra) ()
    Semi-finalist in the American Prize for Orchestral Composition

    Evokes the seasonal emotions many of us experience on the annual journey from late Fall through Christmas day with parallels to the symbols associated with candles on the advent wreath. Musically, it integrates traditional chamber orchestra (no low brass or percussion) with the improvised stylings of a jazz trio (piano, bass and drum set) in a quasi concerto format. Includes optional cadenzas for trumpet and cello. 5 sections – 22 minutes total (Sections can also be performed individually.)

    Unbound 8.5 x 11 plain paper.

    Rental Option: $150 (+shipping) - bound score and saddle stapled parts

    Chamber Orchestra or larger: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 2 French Horns, 2 Trumpets, Violins I, II, Violas, Cellos, Contrabasses; Optional: Jazz Trio – Piano, Bass and Drum Set

    1. Fall Mood (4:53)
    Changing leaves, pumpkins and gourds illuminated by golden slanting light set the scene. Though nature is winding down, for many it’s an optimistic new beginning. Late autumn brings a whiff of colder air hinting towards winter.


     
     
    2. Advent (5:00) 
    This reworking of the 12th century Advent hymn, O Come Emmanuel, connects us with the long history of this time of waiting by referencing medieval church bell towers, solemn drums and ancient harmonies before moving into a more contemporary interpretation.



    3. Traditions (3:20) 
    The excitement of preparing for the holidays is reflected in the fiddle-like strains of the string section. Woodwinds and brass follow with passing wisps of favorite hymns and carols. As the deadline draws nearer, our happy anticipation becomes a bit tarnished by the frenetic pace.



    4. Serenity (6:15)
    A solo cello announces that, ready or not, Christmas Eve has arrived. Our hearts are again filled with peace and wonder on this Silent Night. A triple cadenza hints at tomorrows excitement.



    5. Celebration (2:53) 
    Christmas Day unreservedly gifts us with the joy and majesty of the season so that even Herald Angels Sing.

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  • Good Wassail (Orchestra & Choir) - PDF ()
    A blending of Good Christian Men Rejoice and Here We Come a Wassailing begins with a quiet choir feature that moves into an Afro Pop groove with an optional steel drum part (can also be performed on keyboard). A medium swing section follows before the big double time ending. Could also be performed as an instrumental with minor adjustments. (6:33 minutes)

    PDF format with a photocopy license. 

    Symphony Orchestra and optional Choir: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 4 French Horns, 3 Trumpets, Violins I, II, Violas, Cellos, Contrabasses, Percussion, Piano, Amplified Bass, Drum Set, SATB Voices

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  • Fum Bells (Orchestra) - PDF ()
    A medley of Carol of the Bells and Fum, Fum, Fum with a jazz waltz style that evolves into blues, reggae and even klezmer feels! Features solos for piano (improvised) and clarinet (written) and a distinctive written bass line for bass clarinet. Could also be performed as an instrumental with minor adjustments. (6:39 minutes)

    Downloadable PDF format with a photocopy license. 

    Symphony Orchestra and optional Choir: 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 1 Clarinet in Bb, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 4 French Horns, 3 Trumpets, Violins I, II, Violas, Cellos, Contrabasses, Percussion, Piano, Amplified Bass, Drum Set, SATB Voices

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  • Patapan (Orchestra) - PDF ()
    This medley of lesser-known traditional carols Bye Bye Lully Lullay and Patapan begins contemplatively with a dark jazz waltz that builds in intensity to a big ending. The style is reminiscent of movie scores by Lalo Schifrin and Henry Mancini. Various brass mutes and techniques borrowed from jazz ensembles add unusual orchestral colors. Features a brief timpani/flute duo inspired by the lyrics “Willie, bring your little drum; Robin, bring your fife and come.” Also includes an optional improvised jazz piano solo over minor blues changes that can be easily cut if a capable pianist is not available. (5:57)

    PDF format with a photocopy license. 

    Standard Symphony Orchestra:
    2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 1 Clarinet in Bb, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 4 French Horns, 3 Trumpets, Violins I, II, Violas, Cellos, Contrabasses, Percussion plus Piano, Amplified Bass, Drum Set



    Review
    However, none of those could have prepared me for the genius that is Bradley Sowash and his jazz-inspired compositions and arrangements. Mr. Sowash premiered an arrangement of “Patapan” that sounded like it was taken down to the French Quarter of N’awlins. It shook the house, it was gritty, and it offered a great feature of the brass section and drums. The ending was so strong that an audience member could not contain himself and exclaimed “Hey, now!” in approval before applause erupted.- Nicole Fowles for DelawareO



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  • What Child is This? (Orchestra) - PDF ()
    A hushed classical string opening intro evolves into a bright Latin groove reminiscent of the Tijuana Brass. (5:05)

    PDF format with a photocopy license. 

    Standard Symphony Orchestra:
    2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 1 Clarinet in Bb, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 4 French Horns, 3 Trumpets, Violins I, II, Violas, Cellos, Contrabasses, Percussion plus Piano, Amplified Bass, Drum Set



    Review:
    The final Sowash piece was just some good, old-fashioned fun. If Jimmy Buffet and Dixieland had a baby, it would be Mr. Sowash’s arrangement of “What Child is This?” The orchestra began with the simple main theme with some chromatic undertones, then broke off into a bass riff, drums and Mr. Sowash on piano with a Havana/tropical-inspired section that culminated in one giant jazz explosion. - Nicole Fowles for DelawareO

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  • Oh, Holy Night (Orchestra) - PDF ()
    Variety is the name of the game with this one. The intro establishes “the stars are brightly shining” with a lengthy reference to Gustav Holst’s The Planets that moves into jazz-rock, cool jazz and gospel grooves. A hard swinging 12/8 shuffle sets the backdrop for a showstopper trombone solo. (Length: 7:09)

    Downloadable PDF format with a photocopy license. 

    Standard Symphony Orchestra:
    2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 1 Clarinet in Bb, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Bassoons, 4 French Horns, 3 Trumpets, Violins I, II, Violas, Cellos, Contrabasses, Percussion plus Piano, Amplified Bass, Drum Set - See more at: http://bradleysowash.com/music-store/98-2/orchestra-music/#sthash.WxmLpk6y.dpuf

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