Opus 24 Wrap-Up

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A photo from the balcony of the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium of our students, performers, composer mentors and teachers. May 2, 2012. Congratulations to All! Thanks to our supporters for making the event possible.

Listen to the variety of compositions, read the student descriptions of their work, and leave a comment.

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Theme and Variation

Jacob Morton-Black
Grade 11, Colchester High School

Jacob at Colchester High School

Theme and Variation is a piece oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and strings. At the beginning, the woodwinds mostly carry the melodic line, with punctuations from the strings, who are outlining the chord changes. The theme from the first idea is carried into the second and third variations. The second variation is more syncopated, with jazzier chords and different rhythms. The third and last variation is done in the classical style, highlighting the theme using the articulations.”

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Theme and Variation.mp3

For the Better

Nathan Chan
Grade 10, U-32 School, East Montpelier, VT

Nathan Chan at Opus 24

For the Better is a quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Contrabass. I composed the piece as a poignant musical interpretation of hardships leading to positive outcomes. There is no particular image or moment that the piece portrays; rather it is up to the audience to interpret it how they will. There are a few different sections with varying melodies and textures, meant to depict a range of emotions. This is my first composition to be performed, which is certainly a very exciting and groundbreaking experience for me in my composition career.”

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For the Better.mp3

The Norse Clockmaker

Ivan Voinov
Grade 11, Vermont Commons School, South Burlington VT

Ivan (far left) listens to Nathan’s rehearsal discussion with musicians

“ The old Norse Clockmaker sits in his dusty workshop and works on his beautiful clocks. His back is crooked, his grey beard – a silver waterfall flowing from his face down underneath the table. His cracked, old, parchment-like fingers shakily screw parts of a clock together underneath the warm loving gaze of his blue eyes. And when no one is looking, little elves and fairies pop and crawl out of nooks, crannies and corners and start playing with the Clockmaker’s tools. And, as usual, they end up making a mess.”

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The Norse Clockmaker.mp3

Procession of the Victorious King

Ben Hunt
Grade 8, Edmunds Middle School. Burlington VT

Ben and teacher, Betsy Nolan, listen to the rehearsal of his piece

“ This piece has a royal sounding melody as if to accompany a king marching proudly into his court.   The next section is faster like a crowd cheering for their victorious king.  Then it finishes with the king walking up to his throne and taking his seat.”

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Procession of the Victorious King.mp3

The Little Bird

Alyssa Shaw
Grade 6, Ludlow Elementary School

Alyssa at her tv interview at Opus 24

“ This piece is called The Little Bird because when I hear it, I think of a bird flapping its wings and flying.  I composed my music using an ‘A B A’ pattern and my ‘B’ section is a little bit slower. I chose this instrument because I think the clarinet really suits my piece. I think my piece is very ‘different’ because I am different and I put a new twist on music! ”

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The Little Bird.mp3

Sixth Brigade

Christian Torsell
Grade 7, Harwood Middle School, Duxbury VT

Christian discusses his piece with Steve Klimowski while other student composers listen in

“ This is my first composition and I’ve really enjoyed working on it!  It began as a homework project for my band class. At its birth, Sixth Brigade was a duet for a pair of trumpets, but I changed it to a flute and clarinet duet for Opus 24. ”

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Sixth Brigade.mp3