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  • Study score (transposed) via PDF download
  • Original audio track from the recording (download)
  • Streamed video of Maria discussing the writing of this work

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Recorded on Data Lords, “Sputnik” conjures up images of the new space race, now between corporations, that are sending thousands of satellites into orbit around our planet.

The theme, first presented by piano, goes through 12 short variations, mirroring the 12 lunar cycles in a year and the 12 zodiac signs. Each of those variations rise by a half step, going through all 12 keys. “Sputnik” is all rubato, as if floating through space, and it asks for a very coloristic approach from each of the rhythm section players. As “Sputnik” keeps rising in key, I tried to get varied colors and moods out of the orchestra to create a sometimes ethereal and sometimes dramatic backdrop for Scott Robinson’s baritone. This piece, like all of my pieces, was written with the soloist’s unique voice in mind, in this case, Scott Robinson’s. This is no ordinary jazz feature to say the least, of course, Scott Robinson is no ordinary soloist.

Under “Solos” and “Instrumentation” you will find information that I have given to those looking for scores & parts for their ensembles, letting them know what things are most essential for getting this piece to happen.

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