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We Speak Etruscan

By Lee Hyla

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Woodwinds Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
For Bass Clarinet in B-Flat and Baritone Saxophone in E-Flat. Composed by Lee Hyla. SWS+Insert. Set of performace parts and score. With Standard notation. Carl Fischer Music #W2564. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.W2564).

Item Number: CF.W2564

ISBN 9780825848773. 9 x 12 inches. Key: A minor.

Lee Hyla (b. 1952) is one of the more adventurous contemporary composers active in the field today. His music is in the postwar American Expressionist tradition that derives from Stefan Wolpe and Elliott Carter, leavened with the urban flavors of Avant-Garde Jazz and contemporary popular music of the Rock persuasion. High in energy and rhythmically challenging, We Speak Etruscan will test the mettle of advanced players in several technical and expressive manners. Written in 1992, it is dedicated to the two players for whom it was composed, Tim Berne (saxophone) and Tim Smith (bass clarinet). It will be a challenging duet for the serious student or professional.
The piece was written in 1992 in New York following Hylas Rome Prize residency at the American Academy, and was premiered by Berne and Smith in 1993 at Jordan Hall in Boston. The creation of We Speak Etruscan was initiated by Tim Berne and was also inspired by Hylas twenty-year artistic friendship with Tim Smith. The title of the piece has multilayered and ironic connotations, exemplified by the fact that the ancient Etruscans spoke a language that is now lost (only the alphabet is decipherable). The musics jazz-like riffs contrasting with moments of lyrical stillness provide a vehicle that is a tour de force for these wind-instrument cousins. We Speak Etruscan, performed by Berne and Smith, is available on compact disc from New World Records Catalog Number 80491-2.
The piece was written in 1992 in New York following Hylaas Rome Prize residency at the American Academy, and was premiered by Berne and Smith in 1993 at Jordan Hall in Boston. The creation of We Speak Etruscan was initiated by Tim Berne and was also inspired by Hylaas twenty-year artistic friendship with Tim Smith. The title of the piece has multilayered and ironic connotations, exemplified by the fact that the ancient Etruscans spoke a language that is now lost (only the alphabet is decipherable). The musicas jazz-like riffs contrasting with moments of lyrical stillness provide a vehicle that is a tour de force for these wind-instrument cousins. We Speak Etruscan, performed by Berne and Smith, is available on compact disc from New World Records a Catalog Number 80491-2.

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