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Spielzeug Straßenbahn

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Chamber Orchestra
2013
15 min.

Cello

Double Bass

Flute

Harpsichord

Viola

Violin

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Program Notes
When asked to re-imagine a Brandenburg concerto, I was thrilled: this gave me the excuse to write for a Baroque ensemble. When thinking about this project, I noticed that trains have a constant musical energy about them (similar to Brandenburg concertos), and I was instantly reminded of this upon viewing the jolly Neighborhood Trolley from the iconic educational television program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. This toy trolley merrily converses with characters and easily traverses both Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. With this in mind, I make my musical offering in the form of a toy trolley, one that will bridge the gap between my twenty-first-century contribution and Bach’s eighteenth-one, taking us to an imagined time and place that I have never traveled.
Recording Notes
Urban Playground Orchestra, Thomas Cunningham, cond.