Solos are in the guitar and tenor 2. This piece heavily relies on guitar on the opening melody. The technique that Ben Monder used to bend notes is exceedingly difficult. One alternative could be playing lap steel guitar, or alternatively, not bending the notes at all of course.
5 reeds, 4 trumpets/flügelhorns, 3 trombones, 1 bass trombone, accordion (this piece can be played without accordion), guitar (consider lap steel as a great alternative), piano, bass (with bow on intro), drums
Recorded on Data Lords, "A World Lost" opens the first of the two CDs. This is a piece meant to conjure up the feeling of loss, in this case, loss of our internal world that is more and more invaded and influenced by the inundation of digital information via the internet.
There are many challenges to playing this piece: getting comfortable with the meters so that the time flows gracefully, pacing the piece so that it has a slow build, getting the drummer to play with intricacy and grace amidst all of the meter changes, and then, it is just very difficult for the brass. It takes the lead trumpet to written F's and Gb's. The lead trombone is up in the high Db range. These aren’t short hits, but sustained lines, so this requires a skilled band in every way. And of course, what it requires from the guitarist and featured tenor player is formidable.
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