Tracy Fennell:

details of selected works


1117

Light of Zion

Piano3

Three Songs

The Cairn

Maison Grise

Sonata for Violin and Piano

Ladies' Night Out

Papillon

Tales of Nathan

1117

A brilliant showpiece for the piano, headlong, tense, and explosive. It represents a departure for Fennell in having been composed directly into the computer. Indeed, the first draft contained passages unplayable by a human pianist, and had to be extensively revised!

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The Cairn

A sad, spooky organ work in three movements: The Beginning Is the End, The Long Spiral Fall, and Where the Stars Meet. As these titles imply, there is a general sense throughout of things winding down and coming apart, a musical reflection of the composer's prefatory poem describing a kingdom that decays and vanishes following a single, personal tragedy.

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Ladies' Night Out

A rousing, rock-flavored fanfare inspired by the burgeoning women's sports scene--especially the University of Tennessee's championship women's basketball team.

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Light of Zion

An extraordinarily beautiful "psalm of adoration" for SATB choir with piano, set to the composer's own nondenominationally Christian text.

Listen to a "demo" version with solo voices (RealAudio).

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Maison Grise

This trio for clarinet, bassoon and marimba was Tracy Fennell's very first composition--a cheerful, breezy "suite pastorale," brief and to the point. Crafted from the very simplest materials, it is an astonishingly solid work for a beginner.

 

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Papillon

Three short etudes for trumpet and bassoon (Chrysalis, Metamorphosis, Emergence), effective and easy to play.

 

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Piano3

A collection of three piano pieces, meant as separate compositions. Meditation (1998) is a leisurely etude in which diffuse counterpoint gradually pulls together into massive block chords, then dissolves back to its original state. Metamorphosis (1986) presents a deceptively simple theme accompanied by a continuous triplet texture that eventually swallows it whole. The Carillon (1998) is a study in chiming sounds in the course of which the harmonic language, initially complex, becomes radically simplified.

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Listen to The Carillon via MIDI

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Sonata for Violin and Piano

A three-movement sonata of moderate difficulty. The finale, driving and obsessive, is particularly fine.

Listen to a midi performance of this sonata:

First movement

Second movement

Third movement

 

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Tales of Nathan

The right and left hand parts of this two-movement work (The Journey and The Way Home) were composed independently, resulting in an intricate, virtuoso etude, dedicated to Nathan Buckner, to whom it is dedicated.

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Three Songs

 

Songs on diverse topics, all with texts by the composer. The Dawn of Time, which sets the voice against the piano's lowest register in rapid eighth-notes, portrays the violence of Winter giving way to Spring. Fantasie is a passionate love song, while Gliding Home is a eulogy with prominent New Age elements. For the story behind this last song, visit Fennell's home page (link below).

Listen to The Dawn of Time (RealAudio)

Listen to Fantasie (RealAudio)

 

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