Solos are in the trumpet 4 (with electronic delay) and alto 2. The trumpet soloist’s delay can also happen from the sound board in performance if you don’t have trumpet electronics available. But you should make sure the soloist hears the delay in the monitor.
The doubles in this are very minimal, so minimal that the clarinet parts could maybe be played on alto if necessary. And, while I enjoy accordion on this piece, if you cannot find one, is not a deal killer in playing this piece, but you will miss it somewhat, especially on the ending. The score is written for: 5 reeds, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones (lead needs harmon), 1 bass trombone, accordion, guitar (electronics essential), piano, bass, and drums.
Recorded as the title track on Data Lords, this piece was commissioned by the Library of Congress Da Capo Fund with support from the Rena and David Logan Foundation in memory of David Logan. It premiered on April 15th, 2016 at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. This is a very dystopian piece, where artificial intelligence takes over by the end, destroying humanity. Dark as that sounds, it’s a fun piece to perform. There is plenty to look at here, with rubato ensemble sections conducted over the 3 bar figure both behind the trumpet solo with electronic delay by Mike Rodriguez, and bouncing figures that I literally conduct behind the alto solo by Dave Pietro.
“Data Lords” was the first piece that I wrote on the subject of big data, and from there, slowly as I wrote a few more pieces, the album concept started to reveal itself.
Under “Solos” and “Instrumentation” you will find information that I have given to those looking for scores & parts for their ensembles, letting them know what things are most essential, and what are a few work-arounds for getting this piece to happen in concert.
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