Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon

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Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon

Post by diegobueno » Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:53 am

A few weeks ago, on March 23, the Prince George's Philharmonic (Prince George's County, Maryland), under the direction of Jesus Manuel Berard, gave the first complete performance of my orchestral work Silver Spring.

Silver Spring is a suburb of Washington DC that sits on its northern border in Montgomery County, Maryland. On the day that I completed this work I encountered, while on a walk, a small triangular park that marks the site of the original silver spring for which the city is named, and that became the title of the piece. Silver Spring is in two contrasting movements. The first is about the flow of time, and may be visualized in terms of long horizontal lines. The second is about the measurement of time and may be visualized in terms of short vertical lines. The orchestration is for pairs of woodwinds and horns, strings, and one percussionist.

Follow the link to hear the performance:

https://soundcloud.com/markgsimon/silve ... estra-2019

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Re: Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon

Post by maestrob » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:10 am

Congratulations, Mark, and thank you for sharing with us. It's always good to hear from you! Very impressive. I also enjoyed your recent CD.

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Re: Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon

Post by Lance » Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:16 pm

Mark, VERY impressive. I loved the orchestration! This was the first orchestral presentation from what I read. What was the original version? I'm also curious as to what about Silver Spring inspired you to write this piece?
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Re: Silver Spring by Mark G. Simon

Post by diegobueno » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:45 am

Thank you, Lance and maestrob for your comments.

There's no particular connection between the city of Silver Spring and my piece Silver Spring other than the fact that I was in that city when I needed a title. The piece exists in two other versions, the original version for clarinet quartet (3 clarinets and bass clarinet), and one for woodwind quintet.

Pablo Saelzer, who conducts the Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club, invited me to write something for that orchestra, and also mentioned that the orchestra would soon be performing at the new Performing Arts Center at Montgomery College in Silver Spring. So I arranged my newly completed clarinet quartet for orchestra. Pablo performed the first movement only in April 2009.

The woodwind quintet version came later, and it received its first performance in February of this year by the Morpheus Chamber Players at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Conference in Reston, Virginia. Here's a link to that performance: https://soundcloud.com/markgsimon/silve ... et-version

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