Trances & Visions

Joseph Bertolozzi

About this work:
PROGRAM NOTES Trances & Visions is an arrangement by the composer of the first movement of "The Trumpet of Salvation," a cantata for baritone, trumpet and organ commissioned by Paul Chovanec in 1999. The text is drawn from the fearsome Old Testament prophesies of the Second Book of Joel, verses 12-18. The music's dark tone suggests the utterances of a seer deep in meditation, a voice emanating from the most interior regions of the soul. As such, the piece is just as appropriate for an introspective worship service as it is for the concert stage. Its nature is similar to the soaring and ebbing solo horn lines in Bertolozzi's The Contemplation of Bravery and the opening vocalise to "The Reproaches," the second movement from Grand Motets for the Sacred Triduum. This work was created in 2010 for hornist David Lesser, a good friend and champion of the music of Joseph Bertolozzi.
Year composed: 2010
Duration: 05:30:00
Ensemble type: Solo instrument, non-keyboard:Horn in F
Instrumentation notes: -The choice of accompanimental instruments is not fixed, but should consist of contrasting sound qualities to the horn.

The performing edition comes with several transpositions for various groups of instruments. A particularly nice accompaniment would consist of an English horn on the treble line with a single stand of two cellos on the bass line(s), a double bass (or two) for the contrabass line (in a pinch this lineup could be done with a single cello).

Other possibilities, including mixed combinations are also wholly acceptable as long as the drone lines are sustained and they are balanced dynamically, i.e.:

- Piano Solo -

- Synthesizer Solo -

- Trumpet on treble line with organ -

- Ondes Martenot on treble line with harp-

- Trumpet on the treble line with 2 cellos & double bass -

- Violin on treble line with TTBB chorus singing on neutral vowels -

- Clarinet on treble line with 2 baritone and 2 bass saxes and string bass -

- Vibraphone on the treble line with marimba (bowed or not, or mixed) and timpani -

- Piano on treble line, doubled two or three octaves below, with organ -

- Oboe on treble line with 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 bass clarinets -

- Electric guitar on treble line with accordion or bandoneon -

- Alto trombone on treble line with trombone choir -

- Piano or harp with double bass -

- Clarinet Choir -

- Organ Solo -

If using a piano, harp, bass marimba, timpani, etc. for the bass and contrabass lines, a soft, slowly accelerating tremolando is suggested at least at the beginning of each phrase, and more often if necessary to re-establish and replenish the drone. With these instruments it also may be more effective to play the bass voice down an octave, occasionally adding the tenor octave into the mix for relief. Use your judgment and perform this music with the instruments available to you, just sustain the drones.

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