Michael Stewart | Sounds from My Basement

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Sounds from My Basement

by Michael Stewart

This CD is a collection of songs - some Classical and some of my own comps - that I recorded solo in my basement using ProTools. Trumpets dominate the tunes, but there are some other instrumental friends along the way.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Abblasen Fanfare
0:41 $0.49
2. La Rejouissance
1:16 $0.99
3. Now Let All Tongues Adore Thee
2:01 $0.99
4. Hornpipe
1:10 $0.99
5. Sound the Trumpets
2:03 $0.99
6. Game of Fifths: I.
1:50 $0.39
7. Game of Fifths: II.
1:24 $0.39
8. Game of Fifths: III.
2:02 $0.39
9. Las trompetas matadoras
2:04 $0.99
10. Trumpets, Ahoy!
3:01 $0.99
11. Fantasy FB Week 1 Fanfare
0:26 $0.49
12. Fantasy FB Week 2 Fanfare
0:34 $0.49
13. Fantasy FB Week 3 Fanfare
0:33 $0.49
14. Fantasy FB Week 4 Fanfare
0:51 $0.49
15. Fantasy FB Week 5 Fanfare
0:44 $0.49
16. Fantasy FB Week 6 Fanfare
0:40 $0.49
17. Fantasy FB Week 7 Fanfare
0:41 $0.49
18. Fantasy FB Week 8 Fanfare
0:45 $0.49
19. Fantasy FB Week 9 Fanfare
0:56 $0.49
20. Fantasy FB Week 10 Fanfare
0:37 $0.49
21. Fantasy FB Week 11 Fanfare
0:41 $0.49
22. Fantasy FB Week 12 Fanfare
0:39 $0.49
23. Bad Bass Song No. 1
1:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
This album contains a variety of songs from the baroque era to today. Everything on this album was performed by myself, including electric bass, with the exception of my pal, Hans the Drum Machine. The Abblasen "Fanfare" is the solo fanfare that has opened the "CBS Sunday Morning Show" for decades. Handel's "La Rejouissance" is presented here by trumpet sextet (picc and 5 Bbs) and Bach's "Let All Tongues" is a beautiful work, here played by trumpet quartet. Handel's "Hornpipe" (from the "Water Music") is again done by trumpet quartet. My "Sound the Trumpets" is a simple trio that I wrote for a recital featuring a bunch of my young trumpet students. "Game of Fifths" is a much more melodically, harmonically, rhythmically, and technically adventurous work for solo trumpet (C and picc), plus 3 Bb trumpets and 2 flugelhorns. It's one of a few serious pieces I've written featuring solo trumpet against different accompanimental forces, including wind symphony, string quartet, and brass quintet. "Las trompetas matadoras," as you might imagine, is akin to a musical bullfight for trumpet quartet, and "Trumpets, Ahoy!" adds bass and drums to, again, the quartet.
The real fun begins with a series of of fanfares. These twelve, short works were written as commentaries on the success, or failure, of my Fantasy Football team in 2006. The instrumentation is solo trumpet, 4 other trumpets, two valve trombones (a relic instrument from the 40's), and bass. I put five of these into a shorter suite and used it as background music for a fictional Saturday afternoon serial entitled "The Adventures of Trumpet Man." This album closes with "Bad Bass Song No. 1," written as a vehicle for my (very limited) bass skills and four trumpets. Kind of an homage to Bill Chase. I had a ball recording these and hope you have fun listening.



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