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Shaking the tree

Sheet Music: Score

Shaking the tree : brass quintet / composed by Freddie Hill.

by Fred Hill (2013)


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There are 5 melodic entries labelled A to E over a closely voiced line in the low brass which for me recalls traditional Zulu male voice harmony and which persists as a ground bass except in section D whichacts as a bridge. It may be performed without improvisation in the original brass quintet version. Other versions e.g. for string or concert orchestra may be in preparation.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (8p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — The main challenge to performers is getting the right rhythmic feel, and also improvisation over a basic 8-bar chord sequence

Duration: 6 mins

First performance by Fred Hill, Brett Willis, Mal Quine, John Blythe, Hugo Pfandler, Nicola Shaw, Mark Faigan — 30 Dec 13. Soldiers' Club, Goulburn, NSW

The composer notes for the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
"Township" music of Southern Africa as exemplified by Hugh Masakela, Abdullah Ibrahim and others.

This piece was composed as spontaneous response to the death of Nelson Mandela, a longtime personal hero to me as to billions of others. I like to think it captures the joyous spirit of Southern African jazz and choral singing, which has enthralled me for many years.

Alternate instrumentation: trumpet/flugel horn, alto sax, soprano saxophone/clarinet in Bb, trombone, tuba/string bass, guitar/banjo, percussion for jazz performance.
Concert pitch lead sheet added as guide for other line-ups.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720142-55-5

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