It is the third piece “The Oracle” that is the crème de la for me with its incredible depth and creative complexity. Dynamics take deep hold here with sudden bursts and calming moments. I really hear the room when flute and clarinet parts elevate along with the brilliant staccato keyboard hits. There are moments when time seems to fall apart and then strings back together in a wonderful interplay among the musicians.
Sometimes the idea behind the music is just as interesting as the music itself…the music on this album “…explores the relationships between mechanical structures, organic beauty, and identity.” …Wallin Huff presents three unusual compositions that tackle some intriguing ideas and topics… Her music is quite complex and unusual and yet…very easy to absorb and appreciate. There’s a lot to take in here… Our favorite is the wonderfully moody and subtle “Gypsy Wanderer”…nothing short of breathtaking.
Sarah’s music has a classy, understated sound, yet it is baroque and ornate, tipping the hat off to genius composers like Debussy, but also tipping the hat off experimental ideas and cinematic scores. Opening number “Intrepid” is a very dynamic composition with a unique color, almost echoing the work of modern composers like Yann Tiersen.
Weeping Willow, featuring “Michael Jung,” is one of our favorite tracks on this release. I love the romantic, dramatic high notes of the string section, as well as the timeless sound of the sparse piano melodies, almost flirting with shades of Tango, in the vein of Astor Piazzolla. A true masterpiece, with so many nuances. The album is also home to a suite extending over 3 tracks, “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep.” These songs also features ambient samples, as well as electronic elements and ornate percussions, making for a really diverse set of colors.
…the [Book of I] soundtrack composed by Sarah Wallin Huff stands out as both a powerful album, taking its listener on an emotional journey of beauty, despair, and hope, as well as a fascinating study of the composer’s visceral and intellectual connection to the source material. Featuring the stellar work of musicians Darrell Peries, Caleb Barnes, Cathy Alonzo, Jenna Ford, Lainey Elizabeth White, Brett Bird, Jonatas Mostacato, Ayla Draper, and [Wallin] Huff herself, the album is a stunning collection of gorgeous, orchestral selections comprised mostly of string instruments that are, at times, vividly haunting but always entirely engrossing. [Wallin] Huff, who previously released her own album, Soul of the Machine, earlier this year, clearly has a passion and a gift for sharing every ounce of her mind, body, and soul with the listener, as if providing a warm invitation for the listener to share the same in response.
In the course of teaching my “History of Technology in Music” class at Cal Poly Pomona, I was alerted to the fact that the music department actually has an old Musicwriter typewriter lying around!! Many thanks to our department technician who retrieved it for me!
Now enjoy a small walk down History Lane and check out this cool bit of mid-20th century music tech!
(PS: if you like the background music, it’s track #3 on this album.)
Now Available for Everyone… Experience the mythological tale that under-girds the epic 25-minute Concerto! Enter the Story here…This original picture-book and poem by Sarah Wallin Huff features the three movements and subsections found within her 2008 concerto for 6-string electric violin, EWI, synth, and orchestra, “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep,” allowing the reader to dive…
Just saw the video from Cal Poly Pomona Music Sax Choir’s performance of my arrangement of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, under the direction of Lori Rosenbauer Huff! Soooo amazing! They made it sound soooo great!!!
I’m pretty sure I’ll be making an arrangement from my arrangement for string quartet and other groups soon… ? Want the Music? Get it here!
The Music Nerds Video #2 is out! Join me in exploring how and why we calculate intervals and why the relationship between two notes is so important to a music’s flow.
And, on Sunday Nov 6 at 3pm in Santa Clarita, the Santa Clarita Phil will be playing a FREE concert of American composers — including the debut of my fantasy for oboe/english horn soloist, “Intrepid”! Visit this link for details – hope to see you there!
I’ve had several colleagues tell me that I should have an ongoing music theory video series. Well, after starting work on the framework for a current violin duet project, I decided to kick this idea off, once and for all! 🙂
Enjoy the first installment of The Music Nerds!– “Pitch-Class Basics”: What is a pitch class and why might anybody have any use for this system of analysis now?… Find out in the video below! 😉
I just wanted to send a quick shout out to GoStrings.com – I was thinking of them as it came time to reorder new strings for Flora… I love their Build Your Own Custom [Violin, Viola, Cello] Set option!! It’s so unique, and so smart!
I’ve used this option for both Flora (my violin) and Minerva (my viola). I once took the time to compare prices between all the online retailers I’ve used in the past, or have had friends use, and, for the strings I need, the Build Your Own set at GoStrings is the cheapest option by far! Having me build my own custom set, they’re able to offer each string at a huge discount, so it ends up being way cheaper than going and buying each string on its own – which is the only other option when you don’t use all 4 of the same string. Plus, for my Flora, her favorite G, D, & A stings are super hard to find anywhere else, I’ve discovered…
FYI, I also got my beautiful BAM case from them during an incredible sale they were offering!… 😉
I only have one request for GoStrings…that they set up a general returning guest option, for those of us who don’t have a Yahoo or aol account… ;-p
I came across some recordings from the final concert I did with TMC’s String Orchestra – a concert where I was ballsy enough to do a sort of “pops” concert and feature some really hip and fun music. ^_^
I made a fun video of one of my two favorites from that show, our closer for the night – Sing, Sing, Sing! Enjoy this rocking performance below!
In other rockin’ news, I FINALLY completed my commissioned saxophone choir arrangement of (one of my most favoritest songs of all time): Bohemian Rhapsody! Seriously, working on this project and getting to dig in deep and see all the musical nuances in this piece just made me love the work more… It’s just pure genius!! 😀
Enjoy this little digital recreation of my newest arrangement – the sheet music for this arrangement should be available soon… 🙂