We used Britten’s Nocturnal to demonstrate a passacaglia for the students in the MHS Wind Ensemble, since the first movement of Lux Arcana is a passacaglia. Here’s a recording of Bryan Wrenn performing the Passacaglia from Britten’s Nocturnal.
Bordel-1900 from Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango
As a winner of the Boston Conservatory Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant, the Cochran Wrenn Duo performed in Seully Hall at Boston Conservatory on October 15, 2016 for a program entitled, Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future.
Part 4 of our series. See what Cody has been doing over the past few months.
What have you done on the piece so far?
Cody: A lot of my work on this piece so far has been mental preparation—I frequently spend weeks to months thinking through a piece before I beginning writing anything down. This initial prep includes considering my priorities for the piece, thinking through several possibilities for the form of the work, deciding role of the soloists, what the character of the piece will be, what story will it tell (if any), what specific techniques I want to incorporate (fugue, passacaglia, variations, etc.), how to balance the educational aspects of the piece with my own artistic voice, etc. Also, I have to decide how I will use the students’ melodic and rhythmic contributions. I’m challenging myself to incorporate as much of their material as possible into the piece. I really want the students to feel like this is their piece, as much as it is the Cochran-Wrenn Duo’s piece, as much as it is my piece.