This is the world premiere performance by the En Masse Orchestra led by Jim Bates at the Classical Mandolin Society’s national convention. The performance took place at the Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois on October 12, 2019.
I had a ton of fun at this conference. I enjoyed meeting people, doing workshops and working with the orchestra. The score/parts is available at my website http://robertlunn.com
The piece was inspired by a trip I made to the Smoky Mountains last June (2019). One day my son and I drove up into the mountains and it was amazing to me see how the landscape changed. At times, when the fog was heavy, it was very mysterious. At other times, when the sun was shinning it was very magnificent. I tried to covey those feelings in this piece. The instrumentation is: mandolin 1, mandolin 2, mandola, mandocello, classical guitar, and double bass.
Wow, what an amazing couple of days for me. I went to Normal, Illinois to attend the Classical Mandolin Society of America‘s national conference. I was commissioned to write a piece for this conference and Magnificent Mountain was the piece I composed. It was inspired by a trip I made to the Smoky Mountains back in June (2019). My son and I took a trip up into the mountains one day. As we were going up one of the mountains it was amazing to watch the landscape change. At certain points it looked very mysterious because of the way the clouds surrounded the mountains. At other times the landscape looked very grand and magnificent when the sun came through the clouds. The music was composed to reflect these different moods and changes of character throughout.
This was a wonderful conference. I met a lot of really nice people who were very passionate about music. I ran a couple of workshops (one on composing and the other on recording), went to concerts and socialized. Guest performers included Naeim Rahmami, Sebastiaan de Grebber, and Fabio Giudice. They were all amazing artists and really nice people. The final concert included the En Masse Orchestra directed by Dr. Jim Bates. The En Masse Orchestra was made up of 140 convention attendees!!
A few pictures and videos…
Here I am giving a workshop on composing music.
It was a wonderful event. I have to make a few adjustments to the score and then I will post it on my website for free. I would love for this to be performed by other orchestras as well. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.