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"Miniatures Set No.6" by Erberk Eryilmaz
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Miniatures Set No. 6 (2015) was written for my friends violinist Alyssa Wang and percussionist Abby Langhorst. The work includes 6 well-known folk songs from Turkey and Cyprus:
I. Aşağıki Mahalle (From Thrace, Northwest Turkey, the folk song talks about how their neighborhood is better than the other neighborhoods that are surrounding their own neighborhood.)
II. Ellerinde Pankartlar (This is a political folk song about 34 people getting killed on 1977 International Worker's Day celebration in Taksim Square in Istanbul.)
III. Delilo (Popular folk dance shared with many cultures in the region neighboring Southeastern Turkey)
IV. Dolama Dolamayı (Folk song shared between both the Turks and the Greeks that live in Cyprus, love song talking about missing the loved one)
V. Tiridine Bandım (Folk song from the Western Black Sea Region, it is a love song with very absurd rhyming couplets)
VI. Giresun Karşılaması (Bride welcoming dance from the Eastern Black Sea Region)
The advantage of writing for violin is that it is possible to imitate Turkish string playing styles and instruments such as kemençe, and Edirne and Kastamonu styles of violin playing, and for percussion, I just wrote directly for Turkish folk instruments including davul and darbuka and also made Western percussion version. While writing based on these folk songs, I made small changes to fit the folk songs in my own style and added written-out improvisation sections which would normally be improvised by folk musicians.
The piece exists in multiple versions and can be performed as a solo string instrument (violin, viola, or cello) work, or as a string instrument and percussion duo.
"Moonlight Beach Chaconne" by Joseph Martin Waters
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Performed by violinist Pei-Chun Tsai
Originally produced for the "Lunch & Listen" series, a weekly Q&A with CEO Martha Gilmer and musicians.
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Happy holidays! 🎺 🎄 We hope you enjoy "Ding Dong Merrily on High" by Jehan Tabourot from Traditional Carols "Orks" performed by Principal Trumpet Christopher Smith! We hope everyone has a safe and merry holiday season.
🎥 : Principal Trumpet Christopher Smith
Lunch and Listen: Principal Percussionist Gregory Cohen
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
This week's edition of "Lunch & Listen" features San Diego Symphony Principal Percussionist Gregory Cohen!
"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" arr. by Michael Kurth
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Who's feeling festive? ❄️ 🎼 Throwback to this fun rendition of Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" arr. by Michael Kurth! #MusicalHug
Lunch & Listen: Assistant Principal & Utility Horn Darby Hinshaw
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
This week's edition of "Lunch & Listen" features San Diego Symphony Assistant Principal & Utility Horn, Darby Hinshaw!
Lunch & Listen: Associate Concertmaster Wesley Precourt
Monday, November 30, 2020
This week's edition of "Lunch & Listen" features San Diego Symphony Associate Concertmaster Wesley Precourt!
Musical Hug - Jing Yan Bowcott
Monday, November 30, 2020
We are blown away! 🎵 🎻 How beautiful is this performance by violinist Jing Yan Bowcott? We hope you enjoy this wonderful piece by Astor Piazzolla. #MusicalHug
🎥: Video captured and edited by Associate Principal Bass Susan Wulff
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Taking a moment to share notes of gratitude, from our family to yours. ❤️ 🎵 #GiveThanks