Composer: J.S. Bach/Arr. Jason Seber
Publisher: Kirt Mosier Music
Product Code: KMM_0829-2

Toccata in D Minor - J.S. Bach/Arr. Jason Seber

Many composers and conductors have been inspired to orchestrate the great organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach, from Elgar, Webern, and Schoenberg to Leopold Stokowski . Iʼve always loved these incredible works, both in their original form for organ and for a full symphony orchestra. The “Dorian” Toccata (BWV 538) always stood out to me as one that would translate easily for orchestra. For several years I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to orchestrate it, and I just needed the right occasion to finally see it through. I was fortunate to be the Music Director of the Louisville Youth Orchestra when they celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2008. I wanted to somehow give a gift to this great organization to commemorate their milestone year, and so I wrote this orchestration for the LYO Symphony Orchestra to perform that season. I hope that your orchestra gets as much joy out of performing Bachʼs magnificent music as we did.

 

About The Arranger - Jason Seber

The 2018/19 Kansas City Symphony season marks Jason Seber’s third year as the David T. Beals III Associate Conductor. He has built a strong rapport with the Kansas City community — conducting more than 70 concerts each season, in educational workshops at area schools, as a host of G. Kenneth and Ann Baum Concert Comments and through many other community events. Seber leads the Symphony in Classics Uncorked, Pops, Family, Film + Live Orchestra and education concerts, plus Christmas Festival, Symphony in the Flint Hills and a multitude of other programs.

Prior to his Kansas City Symphony appointment, Seber served as education and outreach conductor of the Louisville Orchestra from 2013 to 2016, creating and leading many programs on the education, holiday, Family, Pops and Music Without Borders series. He was also music director of the Louisville Youth Orchestra for 11 seasons. Under his baton, the LYO Symphony Orchestra performed on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” in 2016.

Previously, Seber served as assistant conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra. Recently, he has had return engagements with the Colorado, Houston and Indianapolis symphonies and the Cleveland Pops, and he has appeared as a guest conductor for the Charleston, Mansfield, National and Windsor symphonies as well as the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. A passionate advocate of music education, Seber has conducted the Honors Performance Series Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. In 2020, he will conduct the Missouri All-State Orchestra.

Seber has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Boyz II Men, Jinjoo Cho, Melissa Etheridge, Ben Folds, Brian Stokes Mitchell, My Morning Jacket, Aoife O’Donovan, Doc Severinsen, Conrad Tao, Bobby Watson and Joyce Yang. He earned his master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his bachelor’s degrees in violin performance and music education from Baldwin Wallace University.

 

Medium Easy

Composer: Kirt Mosier
Publisher: Kirt Mosier Music
Product Code: KMM_0829

Big Sky Serenade Is a work for string orchestra that was commissioned by the Winfield Kansas High School Orchestra.  This piece was written for the commemoration of the 130th anniversary the orchestra's existence. The Winfield Orchestra is the oldest high school orchestra program in the United States of America. This piece was commissioned by Roberta (Robbie) Banks who is the director of orchestras at Winfield High School. The piece captures the open sky beauty of the Kansas plains as well as the beauty of the Walnut River.  Each section has an opportunity to play the main themes as well as interesting rhythmical figures. This grade 4 work is an exciting piece for all sections.

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Composer: Kirt Mosier
Publisher: Kirt Mosier Music
Product Code: KMM_DOD

The Duet of Duel is a virtuoso violin duet with a grade 3 level string orchestra. This piece was commissioned by Sofia Pelletier and the 2018 Singapore American School Middle School Orchestra. I was conducting at the school during the Fall of 2017 and was introduced to two fabulous middle school violinists. Both were named Sean and both were brilliant. Sofia and I decided to commission a piece to feature these two extraordinary young men with their orchestra and thus The Duet of Duel was born.

This piece depicts a maestro violinist at home with their orchestra performing technical passages and delighting audiences each time his/her amazing skills are on display. Suddenly, a new violinist appears! This violinist is just as amazing as the original violinist and has a wonderful brilliance to their playing. The new violinist enters with a mesmerizing cadenza and proceeds to play with the orchestra in a most vibrant fashion. Abruptly, the original violinist interrupts the playing of the newcomer with a succession of ominous multiple stops. At this,
musical anger boils and a fight sequence ensues with each player attempting to better the other. Suddenly both players happen to come to rest on a beautiful harmony and discover that they can actually play together and sound strangely beautiful. Once the players realize this, a sadness comes over them with the understanding that they could have been musical friends the entire time. Once their “lament” ends both return to the opening theme together and end in a flash of brilliance becoming musical friends for life!

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Composer: Kirt Mosier
Publisher: Kirt Mosier Music
Product Code: KMM_

Mad Hatter Musings is a grade 3.5 work for string orchestra that delves into the mind of a mad person! The inspiration for this work is the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll's work: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

The piece is rich with strange harmonies, rhythms and melodic figures that inspire imagination. Each of the string parts receives melodic figures as well as colorful rhythmic accompaniments. The bass and celli section must play with a very heavy martellato stroke to bring the ponderous nature of the work to life.

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Composer: Kirt Mosier
Publisher: Kirt Mosier
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Youth Movements is a string orchestra work that was commissioned in 2015 by one of the finest high school orchestras in the nation, Clayton High School, directed by Julie Hoffman. This piece is a professional level work that evokes emotion from snapshots of a child’s life up to the point they leave home. Movement 1: Joy (Beginnings) begins with a beautiful violin duet that crescendos until the end of the movement. It signifies the joy of new life and the hopeful sounds of the orchestration lead it to its climactic ending. Movement 2: Angry Tot tells the story of a temper tantrum thrown by a toddler even to the point of tiring and sleeping at the end of the movement. Movement 3: First Love is a heartfelt duet between violin and viola that captures the feelings of that first great love in life. Movement 4: Ambition is the triumphant youth leaving to conquer the world.

Youth Movement 1: Joy (Beginnings)

Youth Movement 2: Angry Tot

Youth Movement 3: First Love

Youth Movement 4: Ambition

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Composer: Kirt Mosier
Publisher: Kirt Mosier
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Overture To War was commissioned by the Missouri Music Educators Association, St. Louis Metro District No. 8 for the All Suburban Orchestra performance of November 9th 2013.

This piece Chronicles the beginning of World War 2. The beginning of the piece is a call to arms as President Roosevelt summoned the nation to war with his radio address following the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7th, 1941. The Call to arms is filled with an angry tension that begins in the bass and celli and spreads throughout the orchestra.

At letter D, the theme is repeated and layered as the resolution of the American people is portrayed through the somber tones of this section. Letter G brings a return to anger first seen in the opening of the piece but re-scored in a different orchestration. Letter L begins the remembrance section of the piece. This represents the American people
understanding the cost that the war will put upon them. This cost could mean losing their children and loved ones. This section has a simple hymn like theme as parents think back on the childhoods of their children and realize they may not return. Letter P regains the original anger at being attacked and the piece ends with America rushing off to war.

The orchestration of the ending suggests that America knows it will be victorious but not without cost.

Medium Easy

Composer: Kirt Mosier
Publisher: Kirt Mosier
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Gospel Inflections is a string orchestra work that was written for Nipher Middle School (Kirkwood, MO). It was commissioned for their performance at the 2014 International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.

The director, Fariga Drayton, wanted a string orchestra work with a gospel feel. This piece gives every section of the orchestra a key part and features a short viola solo. The viola section adds a driving rhythm which propels this inspiring work forward with that unforgettable gospel feel. This piece is both beautiful and impressive sounding and is a great concert addition for high school or very good middle school orchestra

Medium Advanced

Composer: Kirt Mosier
Publisher: Kirt Mosier
Product Code: KMM_ETTB

Elegy To The Blind is a stunningly beautiful work for string orchestra. A violin solo is woven throughout this work and the piece is moving work in honor of the blind. This piece is sure to be a hit with the audience and players alike.

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Composer: Kirt Mosier
Publisher: Kirt Mosier
Product Code: KMM_DSC

Discovery is a through-composed work for string orchestra that was commissioned by the 2014-2015 Downers Grove District 99 Orchestra under the direction of Jennifer Mullen.

This piece is written in memory of Robert J Lapen who was of father two students in the orchestra. Mr. Lapen was a very intelligent man with multiple degrees from Stanford and Harvard. He was very inquisitive and enjoyed fixing things.

Discovery begins with an Elegaic theme that is first stated with a cello solo. The theme has an inquisitive nature and is the source material of the entire work. This theme is stated in its entirety only once; from measures 45-56 when all viola, celli and bass play it prominently. After this, discovery becomes the method for manipulating the theme. Fragments are seen throughout different settings and an odd time meter of 6/8 and 2/4 time dominate. The tone of the piece suggests discovering what is next and the piece ends with an emphatic beauty that suggests the continual discovery of what lies ahead beyond the realm of what is currently known.