Shaking the tree : for Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
by Fred Hill (2013)
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Library shelf no. 785.4516/HIL 1 [Available for loan]
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.
Instrumentation: 2 trumpets/cornets/flugelhorns in Bb, horn (F or Eb), tenor trombone, bass trombone/tuba, banjo.
Duration: 6 min.
Difficulty: Medium — The main challenge to performers is getting the right rhythmic feel, and also improvisation over a basic 8-bar chord sequence
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.
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.
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.
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