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by V3NTO Brass Trio

Expanding the boundaries of brass chamber music, the debut album by this Chicago-based brass trio features original works, new commissions, and exciting arrangements of old favorites.
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1. Triga
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2. Trio for Brass: I. Allegro vivace
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3. Trio for Brass: II. Andante
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4. Trio for Brass: III. Allegro moderato
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5. Trio for Brass: IV. Adagio
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6. Trio for Brass: V. Allegro vivace
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7. Major Arcana: I. The Emperor
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8. Major Arcana: II. The Hermit
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9. Major Arcana: III. The Fool
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10. Petite suite en 15 images: I. Prélude
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11. Petite suite en 15 images: II. Ronde
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12. Petite suite en 15 images: III. Le gai vigneron
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13. Petite suite en 15 images: IV. Berceuse aux étoiles
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14. Petite suite en 15 images: V. Le cavalier Sans-Souci
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15. Petite suite en 15 images: VI. Parade
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16. Petite suite en 15 images: VII. La promenade en traîneau
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17. Petite suite en 15 images: VIII. Romance
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18. Petite suite en 15 images: IX. Quadrille
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19. Petite suite en 15 images: X. Sérénade sur l’eau
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20. Petite suite en 15 images: XI. La machine à coudre
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21. Petite suite en 15 images: XII. L'adieu
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22. Petite suite en 15 images: XIII. Les crocus
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23. Petite suite en 15 images: XIV. Premier bal
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24. Petite suite en 15 images: XV. Danse du cocher
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25. S.O.S. (suonare o suonare)
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26. Three Georgian Folksongs: I. Tskhenosnuri
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27. Three Georgian Folksongs: II. Mravalzhamier
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28. Three Georgian Folksongs: III. Naduri
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29. To Add to the Space We Breathe
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30. Libertango
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Album Notes
V3NTO Brass Trio
Since its establishment in 2010, the Chicago-based brass trio, V3NTO (pronounced ven-toh) has made it their mission to expand the boundaries of a relatively small repertoire. They bring brass trio music to life through the performance of obscure works and the commissioning and arranging of new ones. V3NTO received the Grand Prize in the 2012 Chicago Brass Festival Ensemble Competition and finished as a quarterfinalist in the 2013 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Expanding the boundaries of brass chamber music, the debut album by this Chicago-based brass trio features original works, new commissions, and exciting arrangements of old favorites.

-Triga by Frigyes Hidas
Frigyes Hidas was a Hungarian composer and pianist. He studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and later worked as the musical director of the Hungarian National Theater for fifteen years. After a stint in a comparable position in Budapest's Operetta Theater, Hidas spent the rest of his life working as a freelance composer. Though his entire compositional output spans almost every genre (i.e. operas, ballets, concertos, orchestral, chamber, solo and choral music), Hidas is most remembered for his contributions to wind chamber music. Written in 1993, Triga is well within Hidas' compositional idiom. It features lively rhythms and memorable, tonal melodies that transport the listener to the Hungarian countryside.

-Trio for Brass by Anthony Plog
As a composer, conductor, teacher, and trumpet player, Anthony Plog is one of the most prolific contemporary contributors to the brass repertoire. At the beginning of his compositional career, Plog wrote almost exclusively for brass, but has recently broadened his compositional horizons to include many different mediums such as opera, orchestra, and wind ensemble. Plog’s Trio for Brass was commissioned in 1996 by the Faculty Brass Trio at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Featuring his characteristic dense harmonies and winding chromatic passages, this work is indicative of his compositional style. As one of the most substantial pieces in the brass trio repertoire, Plog's Trio for Brass covers a wide array of emotions. Brimming with false climaxes, angst-filled dissonances, light-hearted themes and ominous chords, the listener is never settled in one place for long.

-Major Arcana by Joe Clark
Native Chicagoan Joe Clark is a trumpeter and composer/arranger of music in a wide variety of styles. Clark's music has been performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, and Phil Woods among many others. Commissioned in 2012 by V3NTO, the tarot card-inspired Major Arcana is an exploration of the intertwining forces of human nature. Each card of the tarot deck contains a pictogram representing a certain archetypical character. The Major Arcana are the twenty-two trump cards of the tarot deck. The Emperor is the fourth card in the deck and represents domination and unyielding power. He represents the ultimate male ego and control over all. The Hermit, the ninth card in the tarot deck, is the opposite of the Emperor. He represents man’s contemplative self and the eternal quest for knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. The Fool is the first card in the deck and represents man's creative impulse, naivety, and desire to explore. The word "fool" derives from the Latin word meaning "windbag", making brass a perfect medium for this work.

-Petite suite en 15 images by Jacques Ibert (arr. Jessica Jensen)
Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) was born in Paris, France. His father was a businessman and his mother an accomplished pianist. Following in his mother's musical footsteps, Ibert took up violin at the age of four and soon after began piano. He completed his baccalaureate at the Paris Conservatory under the tutelage of André Gédalge alongside fellow classmates Arthur Honegger and Darius Milhaud. Although his studies were briefly suspended by the outbreak of World War I, Ibert eventually not only graduated, but won the coveted Prix de Rome on his first attempt in 1919. World War II was a particularly difficult period for Ibert. In 1940, the Vichy government declared his music degenerate and banned it from French musical culture. In order to continue his career in composition, Ibert took refuge in southern France and later Switzerland. In 1944, the government recanted their position and Ibert was permitted to return home. Written during that difficult year, Petite suite en 15 images (originally for solo piano) reflects Ibert's experience as a cinema organist and staunch proponent of film music. From images of a cheerful winemaker to the rousing dance of a taxi driver, Petite suite is a delightful, vivid collage of pastoral French life unscathed by the tribulations of war.

-S.O.S. (suonare o suonare) by Ennio Morricone
Internationally renowned composer Ennio Morricone was born in Rome in 1928. He began his musical studies under the tutelage of his trumpet-playing father and went on to study in the conservatory at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia when he was 12 years old. His work on Sergio Leone's “spaghetti Westerns” such as “A Fistful of Dollars”, “For a Few Dollars More”, and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” catapulted Morricone onto the international stage. His career includes a filmography of over seventy award-winning films, five Grammy nominations, three Grammy awards, and two Golden Globes. Although predominantly recognized as a film composer, Morricone's compositional interests are quite diverse. He has written over 100 works for classical ensembles and was even a core member of Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza, a prominent avant-garde composers collective. As life-long admirers of Ennio Morricone's illustrious film scores, V3NTO was thrilled when they discovered that he composed a work for brass trio. Although not resembling the lush themes of his famous film scores and spaghetti westerns, S.O.S. still maintains a distinct cinematic quality. S.O.S. depicts a brief episode imitating the internationally recognized morse code distress signal. S.O.S. begins as a quiet plea for help, but soon rises into a frenzy. With all voices playing their densest rhythms and loudest dynamics at tiered points they soon diminish back to a single voice. Gasping for air at the end, the horn is eventually overcome and submerged by a long tone.

-Three Georgian Folksongs - Traditional (arr. Anna Jacobson)
The traditional vocal music of Georgia was some of the earliest polyphonic music in the world. Its various regional styles are characterized by open intervals combined with sharp dissonances, as well as non-Western modulations.Traditional Georgian songs are most often performed to enhance a social gathering. Tskhenosnuri, a horseman's song, is complete with galloping rhythms. Mravalzhamier is one of many blessing songs often performed in dedication of a toast. Naduri is a working song typical of western Georgia, typified by complex key changes and a call-and-response section.

-to add to the space we breathe by Jerry Hui
Commissioned by V3NTO in 2012, to add to the space we breathe was a collaborative endeavor between Wisconsin composer Jerry Hui and North Carolinian painter, Micah Cash. To create the work, Hui would compose a section of the piece and send it to Cash. Cash would then work on a portion of his painting and send it back to Hui. And so the process continued until the painting and score were complete. The title, to add to the space we breathe, originates from a translation of "The First Elegy” of the Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke. “Rilke’s First Elegy captures the intense emotion where overwhelming awe meets despair and fear. When encountering what may deeply touch us, we must also come to terms with our own vulnerability; and while in many occasions in life when we become the most vulnerable, what used to be the smallest or ordinary may suddenly hold the power to move us, to comfort us, and to console us,” reflects Hui. Mr. Cash was unaware of the subject matter of Dr. Hui’s composition until the collaboration was complete, but the painting represents Rilke’s Elegy astonishingly well. It is impossible to distinguish “whether the blue is trying to push through the green or if the green is engulfing and pushing back the blue,” remarked Cash. In Hui's through-composed work, we are offered a glimpse of life’s journey complete with moments of intense pain, stark loneliness, and calm contentment. Just as Rilke attempts to extinguish the feeling of emptiness to better understand our human existence, Cash’s painting and Hui’s composition represent the existential struggle between lamentation and joy and the subtle gradients in between.

-Libertango by Ástor Piazzolla (arr. Anna Jacobson)
Piazzolla was an Argentine bandoneon player, composer and arranger. He revolutionized the traditional tango by incorporating elements of jazz and classical music. Piazzolla's radical new style created an uproar and even caused a fight to break out during a Buenos Aires concert as some listeners were offended by the use of a bandoneon in a traditional orchestra. That performance ultimately won him an award to travel to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger. At that point, he saw himself moving forward strictly as a classical composer and put his tango past behind him. In their initial meetings, Piazzolla played several of his classically inspired works. Trying to impress an unenthused Boulanger, Piazzolla played her one of his tango compositions. Boulanger ecstatically convinced Piazzolla that this was the path he needed to follow. While in Paris, he had the opportunity to see Gerry Mulligan's octet perform. This was his inspiration to infuse the traditional tango with chamber music qualities and improvisations, dubbed nuevo tango. Libertango, published in 1974, combines the Spanish word for “liberty” and “tango”, symbolizing the composers freeing the form from its traditional bounds.



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