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Michael D. Blostein

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Original music that is accessible to both performer and listener. Mr. Blostein's music is designed for performers from student level through professional, and represents muliple genres.

Works available for purchase

(recordings are high school students or MIDI)

   

Tiptoe (Tango for Jazz Ensemble)

Subtle in style, chromatic in melodic content, the soft and sultry essence of the tango is emphasized with this work, leaving your dancers excited for more.

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From the Shadows (Bass Trombone solo)

A simple piano idea – purely accompaniment – supports a bass trombone solo that provides some technical challenges for the performer, but more is focused on communicating a mystical, almost reverent message to the listener. The piece begins very slowly and softly, and develops into a higher range, lighter work, with a slightly more dance-like quality. The openings ideas return, presented in a new manner. Few dynamics, articulations or marking of any kind are presented – the expectation is that the performers create their own impression of what is being communicated.

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Fantasia on The Erie Canal (Choral octavo)

A modern choral rendition of the traditional folk tune. This composition features a contemporary treatment of this well-known song.

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Sonata #2 in e minor (Tuba solo)

    In the tradition of other well-known Baroque sonatas, this sonata sits extremely well for the tuba, and is even more effective when performed with harpsichord. Composed by Benedetto Marcello, arranged by Michael D. Blostein.

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Interpreted Sentiment (Piano Solo)

For solo piano. Challenges the performer, and is open to a wide variety of interpretations.

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27 Etudes for the Advancing Tuba Player

    This was an "Honorable Mention" at the 2003 T.U.B.A. (now I.T.E.A.) composition contest. Exactly as the name implies - this collection of 27 etudes is designed as a transitional book for students between those earlier books (Rubank, Beeler, etc...) and the more advanced etude books (Tyrrell, Rochut, Fink, etc...)

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12 Days (String Orchestra with chimes and timpani) 

    Written using a unique formal structure yet very understandable for students, it requires strong interpretive skills and immense control from all string players.

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A Legend of Paul Bunyan (Trombone, narrator, and string orchestra w/ percussion)

An original story based upon the Paul Bunyan character. Jazz harmonies and rhythms are infused throughout the work, especially noticable in the second half of the composition. This work serves as a sequel of sorts to "The Legend of John Henry".

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A Short Voyage over a Vast Sea (String Orchestra)

Written to promote full and rich string playing within the structure of a level 3 or 4 piece, while incorporating modern harmonies and progressions, as well as counterpoint. An excellent teaching piece.

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Stroll (Marimba Solo)

    This is a very demanding work, which requires the full use of the marimba. Independence of both hands, as well as both mallets in each hand. Challenging tempo and harmonies will push even the best of players.

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Canyon Images (Brass Quartet (2 trumpets, trombone, tuba))

    Written as a memoir of my initial mental images upon seeing the Grand Canyon, trying to capture how echos and various sounds are affected by the natural wonder.

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The Legend of John Henry (Tuba, anvil, narrator, string orchestra)

    This tells the childhood folk tale of John Henry, but through the narrator as well as through the music. This is the most recent (spring 2009) composition, and indicates the direction my compositions are heading, trying to keep this immense treasure of folk tales alive for future generations.

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Pagan Dance (written as a commission for the Mannheim Middle School Orchestra, Peter Tambroni, Director)

    A level 3 or 4 work which has a catchy groove to it (very popular today in educational music - groove based music works because it draws on the commonality and repetition so common in popular music but incorporates musical traits necessary for younger players to learn).

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Nebulous (12 tuba ensemble, available from the tuba-euphonium press)

    As the name implies, the tuba-euphonium ensemble is one of those ensemble types that is constantly changing as better and more music is being developed. Here, the change is through meter, where the timing alters gradually, by instrument, throughout the work.

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Other works

   

Variations on "America the Beautiful" (also available for full orchestra)

    An arrangement of the well-known anthem that goes through several full variations depicting different musical styles that have become popular in American music. Very effective at events such as Memorial Day and other patriotic celebrations.

The New Tuba Player's Manual

Designed for the non-tuba player, this manual is appropriate for teachers and students alike. It covers everything that typically comes up - from basic care, to forming the embouchure, the holding the instrument. Including are a set of duets and beginning exercises, designed to get things started. Duets parts are recorded and available for additional purchase. Great for being able to demonstrate good tone if a tuba player of high quality is not readily available.

Bride's Processional (String Quartet)

    Written for the composer's wedding, this was the processional leading to the alter. Rather simple, but requires good ensemble playing.