Unconventional Tuning

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for solo oboe (2016)

 

Description

Audio


Jonathan Thompson, soloist

Duration

5 min.

Instrumentation

solo oboe

Program Notes

Featured on RMN Music’s “Architectures, Music for Solo Instruments,” Unconventional Tuning is a twelve-tone work. Since the oboe is the conduit for tuning an orchestra, I began the Prime Row on A440. Even the first note of the piece is sustained and held as though the player is beginning the tuning process. However, it is immediately broken up by playing fragments of the row, eventually progressing to pitch-class C.

Although the orchestra tunes to A, C has often been a crucial key or tonal center in developing musicianship. Beginner pianists, for example, start their lessons with “middle C.” So although A440 is important to tuning an ensemble, C is equally as vital to “tuning into” being a musician. Therefore, the Prime Row is also played in Retrograde, with pitch-class C as the starting point.

 

Description

Audio


Jonathan Thompson, soloist

Duration

5 min.

Instrumentation

solo oboe

Program Notes

Featured on RMN Music’s “Architectures, Music for Solo Instruments,” Unconventional Tuning is a twelve-tone work. Since the oboe is the conduit for tuning an orchestra, I began the Prime Row on A440. Even the first note of the piece is sustained and held as though the player is beginning the tuning process. However, it is immediately broken up by playing fragments of the row, eventually progressing to pitch-class C.

Although the orchestra tunes to A, C has often been a crucial key or tonal center in developing musicianship. Beginner pianists, for example, start their lessons with “middle C.” So although A440 is important to tuning an ensemble, C is equally as vital to “tuning into” being a musician. Therefore, the Prime Row is also played in Retrograde, with pitch-class C as the starting point.

 

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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