In his setting of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence for string orchestra, composer Kevin Uppercue creates an ethereal atmosphere through an accompanimental texture of natural string harmonics. Uppercue’s fantasia explores the harmonic and contrapuntal potential of the famous French tune (PICARDY), and is a suitable for high school string orchestra (Grade 3-4) or above. It is particularly appropriate for performance by church ensembles, especially for Advent or Christmas celebrations, and can be played by quintet alone. Duration: 3:15
Published by MorningStar Music Publishers, 2018.
Chopin’s Preludes, op. 28, constitute a monument of the Romantic literature for solo piano. In this collection, composer Kevin Uppercue has selected four of the best known of these miniature masterpieces (nos. 4, 6, 7, and 22) to orchestrate for string orchestra. Each prelude is skillfully arranged and edited to capture its unique tonal and textural atmosphere, including features for cello and cello and bass. This set provides dynamic concert programming as well as ideal pedagogical opportunities to address dramatic contrasts of texture and dynamics and varied orchestral bowings techniques and styles. A terrific closing work for a concert. Duration: 6:15
Published by Galaxy Music Corporation, 2018.
Elysium—the fabled eternal resting place of demigods and heroes—is here represented by a lush, epicurean setting for string orchestra. The opening section features a martial-like pizzicato in the basses that accompany a sustained and expressive melody in the cellos, with muted tremolos in the violins and violas adding ethereal embellishments—all representing a slow revealing of the felicitous realm. The work builds to a stentorian climax as Elysium is fully, yet briefly revealed, with trills and scalar passages in the violins and horn-like calls in the violas and cellos adding fanfare. As the view of Elysium dissipates, the piece comes to a quiet, gentle close.
Published by C. Alan Publications, 2014.