Memories of a Winter Childhood

Irwin Bazelon

Duration: 00:17:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

"Memories of a Winter Childhood" was composed in late 1980 as a kind of elegy to my mother who died in August of that year. Although it is a musical remembrance of a Chicago winter, the score is not descriptive, but rather evocative. The music is basically gentle, featuring individual solo lines between the different choirs of the orchestra: woodwind, brass, percussion and strings. As in all my music, prominence of musical line is determined by dynamics, impact-accents, phrasing, color, contrast, and the general character of the music. The final episode of the score is a musical collage: a ?boogie-woogie? (1940) piano solo plus percussion plays against a pizzicato ?lullaby? theme in the strings, accompanied by pedal tones (trombones), vibraphone touches and other sustained added figures. In addition, a solo trumpet performs the song "Ramona" against the background of the orchestra.

Additional Information

Orchestration 5(Picc.) 2(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3 1; Timp. 4Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.