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In Dahomey — A Discussion

  • Fri, May 04, 2018
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • The Grainger Home


  • Lecture, house tour

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U.S. Navy Musician David Miller joins Barry Peter Ould for a discussion about his recent transcription for band of Grainger’s innovative piano piece In Dahomey, a work of acculturation. It displays a cascade of virtuoso writing for the keyboard in directing the performer to imitate the sound of trombone glissandi along with many other glittering effects. David Miller will discuss his approach to transcribing this piece for band. Following the discussion, a recorded performance will be screened.

Musician 1st Class David Miller joined the Navy Band in 2005. He studied with Thomas Ashworth while earning a Bachelor of Music in trombone performance at the University of Minnesota, and with Nitzan Haroz while earning a Master of Music in trombone performance at Temple University. He has been a member of the Charleston Symphony in South Carolina and solo trombonist with the Orquesta Sinaloa de las Artes in Sinaloa, Mexico, where he was a founding member. He was also the principal trombonist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería in Mexico City. Barry Peter Ould is a leading world authority on Grainger’s music and has worked on editing numerous Grainger works. He was the engraver for the published edition of In Dahomey and also managed to track down Grainger’s original manuscript of the work. 

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