The Block for orchestra

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The Block for orchestra

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“The Block” is a short orchestral study based on the late visual art of Romare Bearden. Most of Bearden’s work reflects African-American culture in urban cities as well as the rural American south. Although Bearden was born in Charlotte, NC, he spent his most of his life in Harlem, New York. With its vibrant artistic community, this piece aims to highlight the rich energy and joyous sceneries that Harlem expressed as it was the hotbed for African American culture.

“The Block” is comprised of six paintings that highlight different buildings (church, barbershop, nightclub, etc.) in Harlem on one block. Bearden’s paintings incorporate various mediums including watercolors, graphite, and metallic papers. In the same way, this musical piece explores various musical textures which highlight the vibrant scenery and energy that a block on Harlem or any urban city exhibits.

INSTRUMENTATION


2 Flutes (2nd doubling Piccolo) 2 Oboes
2 Clarinet in Bb
2 Bassoons

2 Horns in F
2 Trumpets in C Trombone
Bass Trombone Tuba

3 Percussionists

Timpani

Harp

Piano

Violin I

Violin II

Viola
Cello

Double Bass

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