Mourning Calls

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for baritone and mixed ensemble (2017)

 

Description

Audio


Performed by the Tuesday Musical Club in Pittsburgh, PA
Terri Denmon, Flute
Bill Lewis, English Horn
Laura Leonard, Violin
Alice Kalla, Cello
Julia Scott, Harp
Bob Herold - Baritone

Duration

8 min.

Instrumentation

flute, english horn, violin, cello, baritone, and harp

Text

Judith Brice : Mourning Calls

Movements

Beyond the Brume
Around the Cove
Out into the Wind

Program Notes

Mourning Calls is a poem provided by Judith Brice, a local poet of Petoskey, MI. With the focus on a lonely mallard calling out to her lost mate, I immediately felt emotionally attached to the content. Perhaps with my marriage starting out for years of long distance and months without seeing my then-fiance, the impact this poem had on me ties directly into the musical aesthetic. There were many days where I felt alone; no mate by my physical side, even though I was bound by a promised engagement. While emotional connections contain more power than any other I’ve experienced, the lack of physical companionship took a toll on my heart and mind.

What would it be like to be amidst floating waters, alone, with no mate by your side? What would it be like to be calling incessantly but being drowned out amidst the rocks, wind, and crashes of waves? While creatures are not humans, do they also feel emotion? Do animals who travel across bodies of water, dive deep into the sea, or migrate from one state to the next feel emotional ties to their mates, lost or not? Those types of questions were the inspiration behind my musical direction. Feelings of loneliness and hopelessness; calling out and not being heard; persistently reaching for love but falling short. Crying. Mourning. Pleading.

 

Description

Audio


Performed by the Tuesday Musical Club in Pittsburgh, PA
Terri Denmon, Flute
Bill Lewis, English Horn
Laura Leonard, Violin
Alice Kalla, Cello
Julia Scott, Harp
Bob Herold - Baritone

Duration

8 min.

Instrumentation

flute, english horn, violin, cello, baritone, and harp

Text

Judith Brice : Mourning Calls

Movements

Beyond the Brume
Around the Cove
Out into the Wind

Program Notes

Mourning Calls is a poem provided by Judith Brice, a local poet of Petoskey, MI. With the focus on a lonely mallard calling out to her lost mate, I immediately felt emotionally attached to the content. Perhaps with my marriage starting out for years of long distance and months without seeing my then-fiance, the impact this poem had on me ties directly into the musical aesthetic. There were many days where I felt alone; no mate by my physical side, even though I was bound by a promised engagement. While emotional connections contain more power than any other I’ve experienced, the lack of physical companionship took a toll on my heart and mind.

What would it be like to be amidst floating waters, alone, with no mate by your side? What would it be like to be calling incessantly but being drowned out amidst the rocks, wind, and crashes of waves? While creatures are not humans, do they also feel emotion? Do animals who travel across bodies of water, dive deep into the sea, or migrate from one state to the next feel emotional ties to their mates, lost or not? Those types of questions were the inspiration behind my musical direction. Feelings of loneliness and hopelessness; calling out and not being heard; persistently reaching for love but falling short. Crying. Mourning. Pleading.

 

Tony Manfredonia

Tony is a composer and orchestrator living in Petoskey, MI, providing a multi-layered and sensory experience through expressive, colorful orchestration and warm melodies. He adds new perspectives to stories, environments, and everything in between through massive orchestral productions, as well as intimate atmospheres.

With performances and readings from chamber ensembles and orchestras, such as Apollo Chamber Players and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Tony's music has been played across the nation and has recently become published with MusicSpoke. Most recently, the Straits Area Band commissioned him to compose a work for the Mackinac Arts Council, celebrating Henry David Thoreau's bicentennial. Additionally, growing up alongside video games, he lives the life of a video game composer, creating sonic spaces and emotionally-driven tracks to enliven each game's world.

Born and raised near Philadelphia, PA, Tony graduated from Temple University with a degree in Music Composition. During his time in college, he had the blessing of meeting Maria - a young equestrian from Northern Michigan - via his blog dedicated to mental health awareness. Ever since mental health awareness was the spark for their marriage, he continually advocates those who suffer from mental illness. Through music, he expresses the inexpressible for those who don’t have a voice.

Notable works currently in progress are a new opera for OperaRox Productions, as well as the soundtrack to The Wayward Isles.



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