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Upstream Music Association fonds Halifax Regional Municipality (N.S.)
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Upstream Music Association fonds

  • MS-5-16
  • Fonds
  • 1985 - 2010 ; predominantly 1990 - 2010
Fonds contains the administrative, performance, and recording records of the Upstream Music Association; its ensemble, Upstream Ensemble or Orchestra; and its recording label, Undercurrent Recordings.

Upstream Music Association

Cukeoo : [score]

Item is a copy of an anonymous score entitled "Cukeoo" for solo voice, piano, and an undefined instrumental ensemble. The score combines common music notation with graphic notation. The text is taken from an English folk song, "The Cuckoo Is A Pretty Bird"

Chipper : [score]

Item is a copy of a handwritten piece called "Chipper," by Don Palmer. The piece is for solo alto recorder with harp, flute, clarinet, Flugal horn, and bass clarinet. The piece is in C Major and has a 3/4 time signature.

Palmer, Don

Internal combustion : [score]

Item is a coloured score for C instruments. The composition has three main sections and the third section is further subdivided into five sections, including a passacaglia. No performance instructions are included. The composition was funded by a SOCAN grant.

Reilly, Jeff

Nocturne : [score]

Item is a copy of Naylor's composition for flute, saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, vibraphone, electric guitar, piano, and percussion. The composition is dedicated to Earle Hagen

Naylor, Steve

Heavier than air : concert score

Item is a copy of Steven Naylor's composition for flute, violin, oboe, trumpet, viola, clarinet, accordion, cello, bassoon, electric bass, bass clarinet, contrabass, and percussion. Each instrument plays a short phrase repeatedly until the end of the piece with entries staggered between instruments.

Naylor, Steve

Fermentation one : [score]

Item is a copy of Steven Naylor's composition for guitars, accordion, wind instruments, and keyboard. The score is in graphic notation, using coloured symbols in blue, green, and red to indicate duration, pitch, attitude, and stops.

Naylor, Steve

Aikata : [score]

Item is a copy of Sandy Moore's "Aikata," written for any combination of instruments for an indefinite length of time. The composition is based on 11 cluster chords and 11 melodic tone rows, which can be performed in retrograde, inversion, or retroinversion. The 11 chords are taken from the given chords for the Sho, a Japanese mouth organ.

Moore, Sandy, 1944-

The ravens by the Tower of London : [score]

Item is an annotated copy of Jamieson's composition, which is in five sections. Each section has textual instructions for individual instruments with four musical parts notated at the bottom: melody, accompaniment, B-flat trumpet line, and bass line.

Jamieson, Daryl

Bird gong game : [score]

Item is two excerpted pages from Barry Guy's score for the "Bird Gong Game," the first page with performance instructions and the first of four sections of the score. The score uses both common music notation and graphic notation. It was written for the Scottish artist and musician, Alan Davie, and based on Davie's painting Bird Gong No. 12. The score is written at concert pitch.

Guy, Barry

Traffic continues : shadow of a tree on sand : [score]

Item is the first eight measures of the score for Fred Frith's composition "Traffic Continues: Shadow of a Tree on Sand" for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, trumpet, baritone saxophone, piano, percussion, violin, guitar, and double bass.

Frith, Fred

Neither fire nor place : [score]

Item is the first seven measures of the score for Fred Frith's composition "Neither Fire nor Place" for flute, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, piano, percussion, guitar, violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

Frith, Fred

Homeland suite : [score]

Item is a graphic score for Lisle (L.S.) Ellis' "Homeland Suite" for voice, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, oboe, bassoon, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, violin, guitar, piano, bass, and percussion.

Ellis, Lisle

Forming 23 : [score]

Item is Paul Cram's composition, "Forming 23," a graphic score for trumpet, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and vibraphone. The score includes indications for ornamentation, rhythm, style of improvisation, tempo, and register.

Cram, Paul

B-flat restaurant : concert pitch part

Item is a copy of Paul Cram's composition, "B-flat Restaurant," dedicated to Don Palmer and composed for a SOCAN grant in 1993. The music is handwritten in common music notation and features long and frequent solo sections.

Cram, Paul

Side steppin' 1 : [score]

Item is the score for a composition by Bauer. Bauer divided the instruments into three groups: (1) guitar, oboe, piano, violin; (2) violin, viola, cello, xylophone; and (3) bass clarinet, electric bass, and acoustic bass. The composition alternates between 3/8,4/8, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8, 8/8, 9/8, 10/8, and 12/8 at a tempo of 100 eighth-notes per minute. The score is printed on the back of Bauer's resume.

Bauer, Bob

6 of one : performance instructions

Item is the instructions for Norman Adams' improvisational composition, "6 of one," for performance by Adams (cello); Suzanne Lemieux (oboe); Jeff Reilly (bass clarinet and clarinet); and Paul Cram (tenor saxophone and clarinet). The composition has an approximate tonality of D and textual instructions regarding rhythm, entrances, intervallic relationships of parts, dynamics, range, and timbre.

Adams, Norman

Muraille de Cayne : tenor saxophone

File contains two copies of the tenor saxophone part of a composition entitled "Muraille de Cayne." "Robert Leriche" is handwritten at the bottom of one of the parts, potentially indicating him as the composer.

Ghost tracks : [score]

File contains two annotated copies of the score for Jeff Reilly's "Ghost Tracks," one in concert pitch and one in B-flat. The concert pitch score was used by Susan (Sue) Sayles, a violist with the Upstream Ensemble. The score is in three large sections, each of which have various musical phrases notated in common music notation. The pitch material for the composition is derived from seven notes: F-sharp, G, G-sharp, B, C-sharp, D, and E (at concert pitch).

Reilly, Jeff

Flight 753 : [piano score]

File contains four annotated copies of Jeff Reilly's composition, "Flight 753" in piano score format. The composition is a shortened version of "Flight 752."

Reilly, Jeff

Ghost tracks : [parts]

File contains annotated parts for Reilly's composition "Ghost Tracks," for concert, E-flat, and B-flat instruments. According to one of the annotations, the composition was performed as an octet at the Pier 21 Museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Reilly, Jeff

Flight 752 : [piano score]

File contains nine annotated copies of Jeff Reilly's composition, "Flight 752" in piano score format. The composition includes horns, cello, bassoon, drums, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, and piano, and is notated in common music notation.

Reilly, Jeff

Snowstream : [score]

File contains five annotated copies of Naylor's score for 11 instrumental parts. Each part includes melodic guidance for improvisation and performers are instructed to switch between parts freely.

Naylor, Steve

Echoes of time weeping : a dramatic solo for soprano and tape : [score]

File contains the score and text translation from Spanish to English. The Spanish translation was completed by Andreas Guibert, with consultation by Marcelo Arroyo. Evelyne Benais, Maral Perk, and Tony Tucker helped with the Flamenco rhythms, and Mary E. Moore did the cover artwork. The composition is based on the Mexican folkloric tale of La Llorana, The Weeping Woman.

Moore, Sandy, 1944-

Clustrix : [score]

File contains three annotated copies of the score for Sandy Moore's composition "Clustrix" for piano, electric guitar, harp, bass clarinet, horns, and cymbal.

Moore, Sandy, 1944-

Broken chains : [score]

File contains two copies of the score for Sandy Moore's composition "Broken Chains" for flute, alto flute, alto saxophone, percussion, harp, piano, and hand clapping.

Moore, Sandy, 1944-

Transfigured night : [parts]

File contains the instrumental parts for Paul Cram's compilation of arrangements entitled "Transfigured Night." The piece includes four arrangements: "Wie Lange Noch?" by Kurt Weill for soprano, accordion, and contrabass; String Quartet Op. 28, 2nd movement by Anton Webern for string quartet; "All the Things you Are" by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II for trumpet, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, and baritone saxophone; and a fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon. The piece also includes two newly-composed sections for guitar, bass, and drums, and piano and cello duet.

Cram, Paul

Strong and free : [score]

File contains two annotated copies of "Strong and Free," a composition by Paul Cram written at concert pitch, which improvises on motives from "O Canada."

Cram, Paul

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