I came to know of this piece when hearing famous Norwegian ragtime pianist
Morten Gunnar Larsen playing it at a concert with the Norwegian Navy Band Bergen.
I was struck by it's melancholic beauty and wanted to arrange it for band.
Rag times are rarely in a minor key (which this one is) and when you first hear it, you might think it was written around the time when Scott Joplin was the main ragtime composer.
But, if you listen more carefully, you notice that some of the harmonies are more advanced than one might expect in traditional ragtime, giving the piece a slightly more contemporary feel.
The composer William Bolcom wrote Graceful Ghost in 1970 to honour the memory of his father and it is one of his most popular pieces.
- Svein H. Giske -
SVEIN H. GISKE
Svein H. Giske (1973) was born in the city of Ålesund and studied the trumpet and composition at The Grieg Academy in Bergen before he entered his post as professional trumpet player in The Armed Force Band West (now: The Norwegian Navy Band Bergen) in 1996. He also played solo cornet in Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag from 1995 to 2007. Giske is much sought after as a free lance musician and conductor. He has been a member of Bergen Big Band since 1997 and is currently musical director of Askøy Brass Band and Dragefjellets Musikkorps. He is also an adjudicator, composer and arranger.
His arrangements are performed by all the professional bands in Norway and many of them are recorded with bands such as The Norwegian Navy Band Bergen, Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag,
The Royal Norwegian Navy Band, Stavanger Brass Band, Grimethorpe Colliery Band,
Dragefjellets Musikkorps and others. His arrangements are in demand not only in Norway but also in the UK and on the European continent.
Many of his arrangements are written for famous instrumentalists and singers; Øystein Baadsvik, Nils Landgren, Derek Watkins, Tormod Flaten, Eirik Gjerdevik, Silje Nergaard and Solveig Kringlebotn.
In recent years, Giske has focused more on composing, gaining several commissions from recognized ensembles and festivals as a result. The Norwegian Navy Band Bergen, Grenland International Brass Band Festival, The Bergen Woodwind Ensemble (B3), Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag, Stavanger Brass Band and The National Youth Brass Band of Norway have all commissioned music from him. He has also written solo concertos for the Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Ole Edvard Antonsen and trombone soloist Marius Hesby.
Goldberg 2012 was commissioned by the Norwegian Band Federation as the test piece for the Championship section of the Norwegian Brass Band Championships in 2012. It was also the test piece in the Championship division in the World Music Contest at Kerkrade in 2013.
Goldberg 2012 was voted Testpiece of the Year 2012 by 4barsrest.com and Best new music 2012 by Brass Band World Magazine.
Eikanger-Bjørsvik with conductor Ingar Bergby and soloists Marius Hesby and Grethe Tonheim will in December 2015 premiere of a new work for brass band and 2 trombone soloists by Giske.
SOUND SAMPLE RECORDED BY NOTESERVICE WIND ENSEMBLE, CONDUCTED BY RUNE A. HALVORSEN
Full recording available on "Walkabout - New Music for Concert Band - Demo Tracks 2015-2016"
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Can be streamed on Wimp/TIDAL, Apple Music, Spotify, Beat, Deezer and Music Unlimited.
|Arranger||Giske, Svein H|
|Format||Score and parts|
|Series||Noteservice Concert Band Entertainment|
|Band catalogue||European Band catalogue 2015|