Covid Chronicles: A Staycation Story

Greetings All,

I hope this message finds each of you well and that you are safe and sound!

These last few months have not only been interesting, but also revealing in a multitude of ways. Like most artists I, too, was affected by the pandemic. Loosing work and feeling every emotion from A-Z did not help.

During this “staycation,” “pandemic,” “covid-hoax,” “judgement-day,” “end-of-days,” “lockdown,” “chill-reset”, “daily-challenge,” “armageddon,” or whatever it’s called this week, I decided to be proactive rather than reactive. In turn, I wanted to come out of this “staycation” a better version of myself from when I entered and decided to tap into my “collective,” while protecting my energy in the process.

In doing so, I decided to put together a virtual recital of pieces that are near & dear to my heart. Each week, beginning today until December 10, 2020, I will post a performance video of compositions that I would have performed on my recital this Fall, and then some!

Here’s what Morales says about his composition…

“Cityscapes” is a three movement work for five Bb trumpets. Each movement gives a caricature of city life “under the microscope”. The first part entitled “Rush Hour” is a light and somewhat comical movement that depicts the morning commute into the city. The second part, entitled “Skyscrapers”, attempts to portray the grandeur and magnificence of the city’s skyline. The third and final part, entitled “Rhythm of the City”, is a musical essay that describes how a city is always teeming with action and is never at rest. This final movement features an unusual percussive effect of tapping the mouthpiece to create active layered rhythmic patterns. Rushing interlocking 16th notes at blinding speeds and sudden pyramidal effects create a thrilling ride that will leave you breathless. – publis

Although he write three movements, I only recorded the first 2.

See you next week!

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