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New scores available

Posted on Friday, February 25, 2011


More recent scores are now available at Bill Holab music:

  • My arrangement of Satie's Sports et Divertissements for chamber orchestra, commissioned by Metropolis Ensemble; other recent performances include by the Orchestra of St Lukes and just last week, the fabulously-named Arctic Philharmonic in Norway.

  • Tears, Puffes, Jumps and Galliards - another Metropolis commission, this is an arrangement of 6 pieces by John Dowland, including the famous laments 'Lachrimae' and 'Go Crystal Tears', alongside some of his more light-hearted works. The arrangements exist in versions for recorder(s) or flute(s) and string quartet.

  • My recent piece for flute, viola and harp The Eye of Night, commissioned by Art of Elan in San Diego for the Myriad Trio, and dedicated to Gordon Brodfuehrer. The Myriad Trio in fact will be performing the piece again on 28th Feb at UCSD, San Diego.



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    As good as it gets

    Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011




    Once again my week with Carnegie's resident ensemble ACJW has proved a thrilling ride. After the first rehearsal a couple of the players suggested a little light costuming up for the performance and I jumped on the suggestion. I spent a weird fruitless afternoon going around the watch shops in various parts of Manhattan looking for old clock parts, even getting refused exit from one near Carnegie - most were offering a cog for somewhere in the region of $100 which wasn't really practical.

    Once we got up to Saratoga (where we had a residency at Skidmore College), the indefatigable - and brilliant- bassoonist Shelley Monroe Huang whizzed off one lunch break to a bike shop and came back with a bucket full of bike gears and chains - perfect for the Steampunk look. Here are a couple of my favourite shots:











    Besides all the fun though, this new crop of ACJW-ers is every bit as good as the ensemble's previous incarnation- and that's saying something. What a treat it is to work with people who have talent and enthusiasm in equal measure. It really is as good as it gets.

    Here's a review of the Carnegie Hall concert on Concertonet



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