Ævélo The Whale was composed in 2004 and dedicated to my late grandmother, Waranna Blum (1917-2001). It was my first composition assignment at West Valley Community College in Saratoga, California and was first performed and recorded that year by flutist Elena Yárritu. Its first presentation before an audience was in 2004 at West Valley Community College given by the playback of the recording made by Elena. It was later that year given its first live performance by her, in person, in the Mexican Heritage Plaza of San José, California.
Performance Time: 3 min.
Two transpositions of this piece are provided to facilitate the possibility of its performance whether with or without a B extension. The transposition with 6 sharps in the key signature for a flute with a B extension was the piece's original state, in which it was also first performed and recorded.
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Born in 1985 and raised in San Jose, California, I grew up with a very musical background. I imitated simple tunes by ear on the piano as a child that my father would play and I eventually began to formally learn how to read and play music at the age of 10 by learning the trombone. At 15, as a Sophomore in High School, I then picked up the guitar. The idea of composing music had always intrigued me. However, after being exposed to some jazz arrangements and a composition by a high school marching band friend and fellow trombonist, the wheels began to turn in my life that eventually brought me to the decision that I wanted to spend the rest of my life composing music. The idea that something never heard or even imagined before could come out of someone's mind and be written down for others to read, play and hear had fascinated and inspired me to go for it myself. My music is largely inspired by my faith in God and should tell you about Him and what He has done in my life through the salvation His Son, Jesus Christ, brought to you and me.
I like this quote:
"Life, wherever it reveals itself; truth, no matter how bitter; bold, sincere speech with people -- these are my leaven, these are what I want, this is where I am afraid of missing the mark." - Mussorgsky in a letter to Vladimir Stasov
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