Monday Updates: CD Baby, Recital Videos, and Upcoming Concerts

Rather than one large post I have several brief updates to share today.

  • First, I’m happy to report that my Koetsier recording is now available for purchase on CD Baby, in either digital download or physical format. The price is significantly lower than what Amazon is asking. It has been interesting to explore the various marketing possibilities for this recording, and I’ve learned quite a bit along the way. Without getting into too many details, in my situation it is  preferable to sell physical copies of the recording, although I realize that digital format is probably what will sell the best. In any case, I would be delighted if you checked out the recording, regardless of the format! Visit this page if you want to read some recent reviews of the CD.
  • My faculty recital last week went well, and we had a full house (nearly 300 people!) in attendance. Many of the students were there to fulfill concert credit for music appreciation classes, and they were very respectful and well behaved (sadly this is not always the case). I received several positive comments from both music majors and music appreciation students after the recital, and they seemed especially surprised by the variety of sound colors and styles that the horn/percussion combination was capable of producing.  Here are a couple of videos from the recital. First is the final movement from Hornvibes by Verne Reynolds. NB: I set the microphone levels pretty low for the entire recital because the final work had some extreme dynamics, so you may have to bump up the volume or use headphones to hear the Reynolds.

  • Next is  Mark Schultz’s Dragons in the Sky, a piece I last performed as a doctoral student several years ago. It was definitely the big piece on this program, and the audience really seemed to enjoy it (as did the performers!) One note about this recording is that there is a large percussion hit at 1:45, which must have scared and/or woken up some members of the audience – it takes them a few seconds to settle back down. The synchronization between horn, percussion, and tape was quite good, thanks to the use of headphones. There were a couple of places where things weren’t 100% lined up, but on the whole I am very satisfied with this performance. For more information on the unique performing demands of this piece, see this post.

  • Now that the dust has settled from last week’s recital, I’m looking forward to some exciting orchestral programs this week and next. Up first is a concert with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, which includes Fanfare for the Common Man by Copland and the First Symphony of Sibelius, followed by an all movie music concert with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. As always, I am grateful to be teaching and performing!

Tips for Finding Out of Print Music

In my previous post, I mentioned that Verne Reynolds’s Hornvibes: Three Duos for Horn and Vibraphone was out of print, and a little tricky to track down. Luckily this doesn’t happen too often, but it can be discouraging if you are looking toprogram a specific piece and can’t get your hands on it. However, with a little knowledge and perseverance, you’ll be able to find most works. In the case of the Reynolds, I was actually able to obtain it through a few different resources. One thing to be aware of when searching for out of print works is that copyright law still applies. Here’s some clarification on this issue from the University of Pittsburgh Library.

9. If a book is out of print, do I have to worry about copyright? Yes. If the book is not in the
public domain, the copyright is still in effect and should be respected. Permission would be required for copying large portions of the book. (See brevity question) One possible exception is in the case of replacing lost, stolen, or damaged materials. This is mentioned in University of Pittsburgh Policy 10-04-01: It is not permissible to copy an entire issue, volume or complete work. However a copy may be made for replacement purposes if the item has been lost, stolen, or damaged, and it has been determined that a copy is not available through normal trade sources at a fair price. Note that this is for replacement purposes only and would not be applicable for distribution purposes. Normal trade sources would include the out-of-print market in this case.

The gist is that even if a work is no longer in print, you should make every attempt to purchase it (on the used market) before resorting to any of the methods I’m about to mention. Even though I was already aware that Hornvibes was out of print, I still made the effort to see if a copy was available for purchase., a major retailer, clearly states that the work is “currently unavailable for purchase,” so no luck there. The used markets were no help either (at the time – see the end of this article for the most recent update). Sometimes publishers will offer a work on a “print on demand” basis, meaning that they will only print and sell a copy if there is a customer ready to purchase it. To my knowledge, the Reynolds is not available by print on demand either. So, what to do? In this case, there are a few options.

  • Library: This should be your first stop if you are unable to obtain a work through the above methods. If you can’t find something at first, ask a librarian! I’ve noticed that students are often far too willing to give up on a search if their first (or second attempt)
    fails, and without asking a librarian for assistance. If the piece you are searching for is particularly rare, you can check WorldCat to see how many libraries worldwide have the item. If your local library doesn’t have a copy, don’t give up yet! Consider an inter-library loan.
  • Inter-Library Loan: In my experience,this is one of the most under appreciated and under utilized library services, especially among undergraduate students. Setting up an account takes a matter of minutes, and with inter-library loan you have access to a much wider selection of materials. I’ve had great success using inter-library loans, but be aware that the process can take some time. If you need something tomorrow, inter-library loan is not the best way to go.
  • Colleagues/Teachers: Also a viable way to obtain things, but I still recommend the library route first, especially if you are a student. Consider it an exercise, and preparation for the day when your teachers (and their personal libraries) are not at your disposal. Having a good relationship with your colleagues also pays off too, especially if you need something quickly!
  • Email Lists/Social Networking: Many of the messages and posts on email lists and social networking sites begin with “Does anyone have a copy of…” and “Where can I find…” I’ve not used this method personally, but I assume it is somewhat successful or people wouldn’t continue to use it. Before asking for a free copy of something, though, be sure to check that you are in compliance with
    national and international copyright laws. Copyright laws vary widely, particularly between the U.S., Europe, and Asia, which further complicates the issue.
  • Public Domain Websites: Sites like imslp, Mutopia, and the Werner Icking Music Archive are wonderful resources (just to name a few), but they are not the be all and end all in music publishing. Since they deal mainly in public domain works, copyright restrictions aren’t as big an issue.

Have I missed anything? Have you obtained an out of print or otherwise difficult to find work through other, legal means? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

The postscript to this story is that after obtaining copies of HornVibes through inter-libary loan and the help of some colleagues (thanks Casey Maltese and Kristine Coreil!), I was able to find a used copy on eBay, which I promptly ordered. The price was great, and included free shipping too.

What’s On My Music Stand, Summer Edition

musicstandsummereditionHere’s a quick rundown on what I’ve been practicing this summer. Scheduling has been more of a challenge, but I’m finally settling into a decent (but flexible) routine. Some of them are old favorites, but there is also plenty of new (at least to me) and exciting repertoire. If you find yourself getting bogged down during the summer months, pick out some new pieces (solos, etudes, excerpts, chamber music, etc.) and get to work!

Old Stuff

  • Eurico Carrapatoso, Sete Melodias in Forma De Bruma Keeping these in shape for performance at the 45th International Horn Symposium in Memphis, TN.
  • Kopprasch Complete, ed. Corbin Wagner Hoping to record some more videos this summer, and right now I’m working on Nos. 51, 52, and 53.

New Stuff

  • Paul Basler, Etudes for Horn, Volume 2 A two-volume set of studies that will push your technique, range, and endurance. Not as difficult as the Verne Reynolds etudes, but just as stimulating! Read a review of them at Horn Matters.

I’m working on the next several pieces in preparation for a duo faculty recital this fall with my colleague, Dr. Mel Mobley, who teaches percussion, composition, and music theory here at ULM. There is some wonderful and challenging music out there for horn and percussion, and I’m really looking forward to this recital. If you are interested in finding out more about horn and percussion music, one excellent resource is a dissertation by Dr. Casey N. Maltese, A Performance Guide of Selected Works for Horn and Mallet Percussion, D.M.A dissertation, the University of Miami, 2011.

  • Daniel McCarthy, The Call of Boromir for Horn and Marimba Dedicated to Christopher and Leslie Norton, this brief piece is inspired by passages from The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. Lots of fun writing for both instruments! Here’s a great performance by Brigette Hopkins (horn) and Justin Stolarik (marimba) at the University of Texas-Austin.
  • Verne Reynolds, HornVibes: Three Duos for Horn and Vibraphone Another substantial work for horn and mallet percussion, HornVibes was also composed for Christopher and Leslie Norton. The outer movements are sustained and atmospheric, and the central movement contains jazz influences. This piece is currently out of print, and is a bit tricky to get your hands on – more on this in a future post.
  • Mark Schultz, Dragons in the Sky for Horn, Percussion, and Tape Another Tolkien-inspired work, this time drawing on passages from The Silmarillion. I performed this piece in doctoral school, and I’m very excited about performing it again after several years. One of the most notable features in the horn part is the use of multiple extended techniques. Check out this recording by Thomas Bacon to hear them.
  • Steven Winteregg, High Veld Sunrise for Horn and MIDI I’m planning to round out the rest of the horn and percussion recital with a few solo works, this being one of them. This piece was commissioned by Dr. Richard Chenoweth, who, “having returned from a safari to the African veld…wanted a piece for horn and MIDI that evoked the sounds of Africa.” (composer’s notes). If you don’t know any of Steven Winteregg’s music, he has lots of great pieces for horn, including solos, chamber music, and horn ensembles. High Veld Sunrise is really fun to play, and is very accessible to audiences.
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