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JUNE 2020

STACCATO NEWS SCHERZO EDITIONS’ NEWSLETTER

June and landmarks. Scherzo Editions has just published its catalogue numbers 100 and 200. Last week, we have announced Mar de Sophia by Ana Seara, a work for orchestra written in 2014 for the Casa da Música Orchestra; and Camp Out by André M. Santos, his first work for this classic repertoire chamber music group. We are also working hard to expand our catalogue with other pieces, such as Thomas Tallis in Memoriam (Marcus Tristan) and do not fit (Paulo Bastos). More coming up soon! As usual, Scherzo Editions participated on the Newly Published Music Competition held by The National Flute Association. The piece Luftmensch for Flute Trio, by Helder Oliveira was awarded Honorable Mention. Do not forget that our free shipping campaign on LefreQue orders is still running until the end of July (check on our Youtube page for conditions), as well as a special subscription discount on NKODA’s app.

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PUBLISHED WORKS | May Mar de Sophia Ana Seara Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen was born in Oporto, on November 6, 1916 and died in Lisbon, on July 2, 2004. Her writing, her poetry is based on the observation of the exterior and she finds poetic beauty on the 4 elements earth, water, air and fire – as in the reencounter with her origins. Nature acts as the element that conferring harmony between men and the place where she finds her childhood memories. Sophia is, with no doubt, one of my childhood memories. I can never forget that it was with A Menina do Mar, when I was only 7/8 years old, that my pleasure for reading skyrocketed. That kept on with O Cavaleiro da Dinamarca, O Rapaz de Bronze, A Fada Oriana... My childhood's imagination was built throughout the reading of these tales and, in my adolescence, poems were added exuding freedom, where the Sea is recurrent and crucial. Sea that symbolizes the infinite, childhood memories, our own secrets, truth, transparency and purity, beauty, the desire for discovery, for knowledge, and essentially the eternal movement, life and death. These are essential premises of my musical imagination as a composer and remain in this work of homage to one of the essential figures of the Portuguese culture. This Sea that bonds us all, in a round and multicultural world. What a privilege to have the premiere of a new work, in the month when Sophia would become 98, the 10th year celebration after her disappearance, in her hometown, in a House where culture is breathed and from where it is possible to observe the Sea.

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Camp Out André M. Santos At a stage of deep inner search about pillars to hold me, this expression Camp Out - emerges in a personal development book, which literally refers to "putting oneself in someone's shoes". I got into music as a guitar player and I quickly developed the pleasure for the timbre writing and exploitation of several instruments and groups. However, I must confess that I always ran away from wind groups as instruments far from my natural habitat. Despite this, I have used various wind instruments throughout my works, but had never written one exclusively for a wind chamber group. I humbly tried to put on this so challenging universe shoes and to focus my attention and personal pursuance in this so characteristic colour. This work accompanies a deep intimate growth, perhaps not so directly present in the music, but always as a motto in my artistic development. Each instrument has a well-defined role, sometimes simply as structure, with no emphasis, but as a basic pillar on the personal development’s ladder.

Thomas Tallis in Memoriam Marcus Tristan (Movimentum pro) Thomas Tallis In Memoriam is the first of two compositions I have composed in homage to arguably England's greatest composer, Thomas Tallis. The second piece, composed as a commission from Edward Clark, a distant relative of Tallis himself, for the 2009 St Petersburg Festival of British Music, was a motet for 40 solo voices. This piece was spiritually indebted to Tallis' great Spem In Alium whilst musically being more of an exploration of the possibilities of multilayered polyphony more akin to Ligeti and Xenakis than Tallis. Movimentum though, rather in the tradition of Stravinsky's 'homages' to composers like Pergolesi and Gesualdo, reimagines music by Tallis for an ensemble of contemporary instruments which Tallis himself would probably not even have recognized. The combination of instruments is not random either, as this piece was composed at the same time as an Octet that I composed for the Serenata Chamber Ensemble back in 1989 for premiere in the Holywell Music Rooms in Oxford. Movimentum was performed in the same concert.

do not fit Paulo Bastos unfitted, unframed, out of the original idea, on the mainstream’s edge, so it had to be...

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Kataoka nizaemon no sasaki ganryū 1810-18?. Shunkōsai, Hokushū, active approximately 1810-1850, artist Warriors.

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