is perhaps the most famous (and best?) composer/arranged who was connected to the famous Count Basie and his big band orchestra. Teddy the Toad is included on the “Atomic Mr. Basie” record featuring eleven of Hefti’s works. This arrangement gives the opportunity for smaller ensembles and bands to perform this big band classic!
BJØRN MORTEN KJÆRNES (1952)
is one of Norway’s most published wind band composer and arranger. Starting out as a 7-year-old Euphonium player (and later,trombone) in a local school band, he has learned this instrumentation from the inside and as an arranger, composer and conductor he has been working with wind bands all his life. The first education was to be a music teacher, but then composing and arranging became more important and led to composition studies at the Music Academy of Oslo. As a composer he is inspired by an aural based serialism, and with a strong influence of jazz, many of the pieces have mild dissonances and tonal centrums. Some of this can also be heard in some of his arrangements. Children’s experience of music has always been important to Kjærnes and working as a teacher, and later headmaster of a music school led to developing many of the flexible instrumentations that today are published. As the leader, for many years, of the Norwegian Band Federations adjudicating committee, he is also much used as a guest conductor and adjudicator in local and national competitions.
|Arranger||Kjærnes, Bjørn Morten|
|Format||Score and parts|
|Instrumentation||Brass band, Concert band, Flexible instrumentation|
|Series||Noteservice Flex 7 Showmarch|