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Nimbostratus (for Wind Ensemble)
Commissioned in 2021 by the Portland Youth Philharmonic Commissioning Program, composer Reinaldo Moya has expanded the instrumentation for full wind band. Rafael was delighted to conduct the international premiere of this work with the National Band of San José in Costa Rica, one of seven professional wind bands in the country's Ministry of Culture. Program notes: In meteorology, a nimbostratus cloud is a multi-level, grey, often dark, amorphous, nearly uniform cloud that usually produces continuous rain, snow, or sleet but no lightning or thunder. This short piece is a musical representation of these clouds. The music seems ominous at times, lithe in others and there is always a slight precipitation going on. One hears the coming-together of the grey, dark clouds, with the continuous raindrops. The multi-level nature of these clouds is represented musically by diverse layers of materials that coalesce to create larger masses. The music never quite gets loud e
Mackey Prelude rehearsal in Costa Rica
Second rehearsal with the National Band of San José in Costa Rica, preparing John Mackey's Concerto for Soprano Saxophone. This video was presented as part of a workshop on rehearsal planning for the IV International Congress of Band Directors held in Colombia, hosted by Pro-Bandas Latinoamérica.
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