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SOURCE: The Music of Frederick Umar
Composer and Arranger, Frederick Umar, finds passion writing elegant wind band and orchestral arrangements of well-known and highly respected choral works. AMOR DE MI ALMA, a Spring 2013 release, will be the first in a series of releases for Frederick and is already being acclaimed as an honor band 'must' by band directors internationally.
Alto, NM (PRWEB) March 16, 2013
Composer and Arranger, Frederick Umar, finds passion writing elegant wind band and orchestral arrangements of well-known and highly respected choral works. AMOR DE MI ALMA (Spring 2013) will be the first in a series of wind band arrangements written by Frederick that are scheduled to release throughout 2013. Early assessments by band and music directors are already acclaiming the work as a new entry to the honor band repertoire for 2014.
Kari Behrendt, Music Director of Escondido, CA said: "Amor De Mi Alma is an absolutely beautiful piece. It is rich in harmony and has long melodic lines that draw you into the tranquility and tenderness of this piece. I love the low horn sections, and as the music intensifies and reaches its climax, it evokes feelings of happiness and satisfaction. This is a piece not only musicians will love to play, but also any listener would long to hear".
Donavon D. Gray, Associate Dean, School of Music, Director of Bands, Azusa Pacific University wrote: "Thank you for your gift of music. I have conducted wind bands for several decades and I have not hear/performed such beautiful, passionate, emotional, and moving music. Your music is very powerful and touches the core of my soul"
AMOR DE MI ALMA is dedicated to the father of Takayoshi 'Tad' Suzuki, Musical Director of the TAD Wind Symphony (Tokyo, Japan), a Japanese soldier during World War II who was sent to the southern front with a well-known military unit used in the movie "The Bridge Over the River Kwai." His efforts in building the bridge with war prisoners of British and Australian armies, not to mention the personal relationships forged during this period, led to a moving story that would ultimately cause his release during court marshall hearings after the war. Suzuki, who instructed Frederick Umar at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) during 2005-2010, is most notably known in the band community as the only 'non-American-born member' of the American Bandmasters Association. Suzuki was given the honor of the first international recording and World Premier of the work.
From Tokyo, Japan, Takayoshi 'Tad' Suzuki summarized Umar's work: "Frederick Umar's arrangement of this piece is beautifully done, showing an extensive understanding of the beauty of the choir. I believe his choice of instrumentation clearly captured the nature and the charm of human voice. He has the french horn playing the melody accompanied by the brass ensemble in the beginning, and smoothly passing the melody to the clarinet and the saxophone section keeping the warmth throughout. In the middle section, the change of color takes place by the oboe and english horn duet. It gives veiled intensity in this section though still remaining the stillness and the love suggested by the lyric. When the melody returns for the final time, he uses the oboe, an instrument known to be the closest sounding wind instrument to the human voice and it touches deep down in our heart. Frederick's capacity as an arranger is clearly shown in this work".
When asked about his thoughts on the work, Frederick was quick to thank Z. Randall Stroope for the tremendous opportunity given him to express his work in this manner. Frederick Umar added:
"The counterpoint in this work is perfect, which lends to the beauty in the arrangement. This allowed me to explore instrumental textures that could present the storyline effectively. For me, these textures are no different than changing ones voice during a sentence, a phrase, or a comment. Equally still, silence, timing, patience entering and exiting a single passage, all have the ability to leave an audience breathless or confused. With this work, I wanted to create music that goes beyond what we are accustomed to today in wind band settings. I wanted the wind band to be heard as 'an extension of the orchestra,' not some facsimile of it. The range of colors, textures, harmonics, the developments, the sonorities that take place when one arranges these with a sense of intimacy: just lovely. This work was simply a joy for me to arrange."
Frederick said he has also submitted several other arrangements for 2013 release:
WHAT SWEETER MUSIC is considered by many to be one of the most notable of these titles, a beloved choral work often performed during Christmas. His arrangement of MY FLIGHT FOR HEAVEN has been dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives (and the extended families) of Stony Hook Elementary School, Newtown, CT. O MAGNUM MYSTERIUM is another offering of the beloved text, considering the thoughts of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who held in her arms the Son of God.
"I hope that the band world will see new possibilities in the expressions of wind instruments within these works. We have such diversity in sonorities, in harmonics, in textures. It's time to explore these possibilities in our arrangements," says Frederick.
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