SONG OF KING DAVID (THE), for trombone and piano (8:22)
Date: November 6, 2015
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"Completed in 1997, THE SONG OF KING DAVID is a development of a melody written by the composer a few weeks before his 13th birthday. That early melody is now the central theme of the current work.
In 1968, while the composer was studying for his Bar Mitzvah, his thoughts were drawn to the life of one of his old Biblical favorites, King David, including the awe-inspiring story of young David's standing up to fight the mighty giant warrior, Goliath. This inspiration prompted the composer's first writing of THE SONG OF KING DAVID.
In the Summer of 1997, a conversation ensued between the composer and colleague Douglas Yeo, bass trombonist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, about THE SONG OF KING DAVID as written in Mr. Bolter's youth. Mr. Yeo encouraged the composer to write down as much of the original version of THE SONG OF KING DAVID as the composer could recall. This recounting caused the composer to begin thinking about the life of King David once again and within the course of this research and dwelling, more music emerged around the early central theme."
- from the "Introduction"
"THE SONG OF KING DAVID... flow[s] like the soulful wailing LISTEN to an MP3 sample of the recording on "Anew at Home" (CD-12888) and
of a prayer with the subtle poignant feeling of resolve.
The interplay between piano and trombone [is] artfully rendered."
- David J. Begnoche, ITA Journal, Vol. 26, No. 1, Winter 1998
the live world premiere on "Experiments in Music" (CD-72724),
available in the Recordings section of our Catalogue.
Single MP3 available from iTunes:
Anew at Home
Experiments in Music
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