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Fleur De Lis

by The Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony

Many of these tracks are first recordings, including two compositions written just for us. This recording shows our own St. Louis take on both classical and popular styles.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Fanfare pour précéder La Péri
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2. The Magic Flute, K. 620: Overture
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3. Inveni David, WAB 19
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4. Virga Jesse, WAB 52
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5. Quatuor De Forme Liturgique: I. Entrée
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6. Quatuor De Forme Liturgique: II. Offertoire
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7. Quatuor De Forme Liturgique: III. Communion
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8. Quatuor De Forme Liturgique: IV. Sortie
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9. Ludus Tonalis: Fuga IV in A
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10. Ludus Tonalis: Interludium
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11. Ludus Tonalis: Fuga V in E
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12. Persistence
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13. New Life Suite: I. A Quartal Jig
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14. New Life Suite: II. Serenade for Joyce (New Version)
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15. New Life Suite: III. New Orleans Landscape, French Quarter Visit
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16. Three Preludes: I. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
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17. Three Preludes: II. Andante con moto e poco rubato
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18. Three Preludes: III. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
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19. New Life Suite: Serenade for Joyce (Original Version)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is the second album by the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony. We are the trombone section in the Saint Louis Symphony, but we are also a chamber ensemble! We chose the fleur de lis as the title for our album because of the symbol's strong association with the city of Saint Louis. On this recording, we included two brand new compositions for trombone quartet by two Saint Louis composers, Martin Kennedy and Tom Hanson. We also include several of our own arrangements of popular classical pieces. We start out with an arrangement by Steve Lange (our former trombone colleague, now of the Boston Symphony) of the Fanfare from La Peri, by Paul Dukas. Tim Myers has made an arrangement of the overture to the Magic Flute by Mozart. We also have two arrangements from the piano repertoire. Jonathan Reycraft transcribed three movements from Paul Hindemith's Ludus Tonalis, and Tim Myers has an arrangement of the Three Preludes by George Gershwin.

Our two composers have some comments about their own works. Martin Kennedy writes:


This is the second album by the Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony. We are the trombone section in the Saint Louis Symphony, but we are also a chamber ensemble! On this recording, we included two brand new compositions for trombone quartet by two Saint Louis composers, Martin Kennedy and Tom Hanson. We also include several of our own arrangements of popular classical pieces. We start out with an arrangement by Steve Lange (our former trombone colleague, now of the Boston Symphony) of the Fanfare from La Peri, by Paul Dukas. Tim Myers has made an arrangement of the overture to the Magic Flute by Mozart. We also have two arrangements from the piano repertoire. Jonathan Reycraft transcribed three movements from Paul Hindemith's Ludus Tonalis, and Tim Myers has an arrangement of the Three Preludes by George Gershwin.

Our two composers have some comments about their own works. Martin Kennedy writes:

The empirical concept of ‘persistence’ is used widely in both the hard and soft sciences to describe a state that outlives the process that creates it — memory, in other words. Those working in musical perception have long tried to understand how our persistence of memory allows us to recall melodies and harmonies that have long since passed. Of course, composers have long used their own methods of development and motive to burrow musical ideas in the ear of the listener, all the while using their own memories and experience to spur the creation of their works. In this same vein, the musical material in Persistence is replete with half-remembered memories that trail off, motives that move from light to dark and back again with the passage of time, and the exuberance of life that is carried with us even in times of perseverance.


Our friend Tom Hanson is a transplant from the West Coast by way of New Orleans. He has a special story to tell about "New Life Suite":

I began writing New Life Suite as a MIDI project in 2009 to make a powerpoint presentation to look back on an odyssey which began on my 60th birthday: August 29, 2005 ....... Also the day hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. On that day I was busy in Hollywood, Ca., playing my trombone and copying music as I had been doing routinely for over 20 years. I had also been emailing and talking on the phone with a new E-Harmony friend, “Joyce”, who was living in New Orleans. I later found out that Joyce evacuated her home of 30 years in Gentilly about 12 hours before the levees broke and the house took 12 feet of water. She was scheduled for a shoulder cuff operation in New Orleans on Sept 2nd, but instead, with only one arm, packed a few items in the car, and left with the dog to get out of town. After a coupe of days when it became clear she could not return to her home, she ended up at a friends home in Titusville, Florida, where she had to find a new doctor and set up a new operation on her shoulder, which took place in November of 05. In December of 05 Joyce flew to visit me in California so we could finally meet for the first time. I left California in January of 2006 to join her in search of a “New Life” for both of us, .............. and the Odyssey began.

New Life Suite is a personal entry into my own diary and is written for Joyce. It is a story about Joyce and Tom, Hurricane Katrina, the House in Gentilly, and New Orleans itself. New Life Suite also made a transition from MIDI Composition to become a Trombone Quartet through my involvement with the Low Brass Collective when I moved to the St Louis area. Thanks to Gerry Pagano, Tim Myers, Jonathan Reycraft, and Vanessa Fralick for all the hard work to give my writing a voice.

1st Movement – “Quartal Jig” - is about Tom and Joyce meeting and becoming 2 refugees roaming the country. We began at Skippy’s in Titusville, Fl, driving back and forth to New Orleans to view the damage for the first time. With no real place to live, we crossed the country a couple of times visiting California, Seattle, St Louis, Las Vegas, all while “sort of officially living in Titusville Florida” and staying on top of official business in New Orleans. In late 2006 we got our own FEMA trailer (24 ft) which was placed in the front yard of the devastated Gentilly house, and became our home for 2 years while gutting the ruined house with the intention of rebuilding. We eventually bought a house in Fairview Heights, Il, sold the Gentilly house, and rejoined the real world.

2nd Movement – “Serenade for Joyce” – Loosing her house, neighborhood, city, and job was difficult. This movement is dedicated to all Hurricane Katrina losses suffered by the house in Gentilly, New Orleans, the whole gulf coast, and all the emotional cost of losing valued household possessions and a way of life.

3rd Movement – “New Orleans Landscape / French Quarter Visit” – Is more about present day New Orleans, which is recovering rather well in its’ quest for New Life. The opening bars express how I felt driving into New Orleans for the first time, arriving on I-10 from the east and getting a first short glimpse of the entire city from the top of the high bridge. One beautiful view.

The remainder of the movement, “French Quarter Visit” is a cluster of simultaneous traditional tunes simulating a walk down Bourbon Street where you might hear 5 bands at once, or any New Orleans experience you might have during Mardi Gras at a parade. The selection of tunes you may hear is very eclectic. You can hear rhythm and blues, rock and roll, dixieland, French folk music, frontline music, and hard core be-bop. The environment is very prolific, too busy, untidy, harmonically loose, funky, and Very Creative. The influences of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Diz & Bird, and many others can be felt and heard daily. New Orleans is truly one of Americas deepest creative musical roots. As a reflection of my own experiences in the last few years, after the rumble and intensity of New Orleans, the movement ends with St Louis Blues as if I were to drive up I-55 and find a calmer more peaceful space at my St Louis home in Fairview Heights, Il.


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