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Derek Kortepeter-“Curitiba (Original Work for Brass Quintet)”

This piece is the result of the third module of my private composition lessons at UCLA with my mentor/advisor (jazz flutist/avant-garde composer James Newton). For this work, he wanted me to, using my own compositional language, “compose a brass quintet incorporating fanfares, chorales with rhythmical ideas inspired by Brazilian music.” He especially wanted me to draw on the composers Antônio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto for inspiration. What resulted was a piece that Professor Newton himself said was my most mature and professional work/score so far. Enjoy.


4 responses

  1. A fresh and original piece but I felt it rambled slightly. Perhaps some rationalization of the rhythmic structure might have helped. I yearned for the countermelodies to congeal into some drawn-out rich chords eventually which might also help to introduce some light and shade. You certainly succeeded in maintaining the Brazilian imagery throughout. Your time at Uni is obviously not being wasted! Well done.

    May 19, 2014 at 7:54 am

  2. I really appreciate your sharing this music. Thank you.

    May 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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