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David Stybr: Engineer and Composer

It's Left Brain vs. Right Brain: best 2 falls out of 3

"Bad Boys and Blondes" Bossa Nova
for Brass Quintet and Percussion (1:10)

Commentary by Left Brain and Right Brain.

Left Brain: "My assignment was to compose a minute of music to promote Murder of a Botoxed Blonde, the 9th book in the Scumble River Mystery book series by author Denise Swanson. This book, in tandem with her previous book Murder of a Real Bad Boy, struck a spark of inspiration."

Right Brain: "So I guess this is a twofer, eh? A rough draft of this piece was premièred during a lecture which the author gave to a Chicago meeting of Sisters in Crime. Afterward a study group issued a series of 79 recommendations for this music, which ranged from 'cut and run' to 'bomb it into the stone age'."

Left Brain: "The most important of these recommendations were to tone up the conga and bongo drums, and to tone down the guiros. After a few other revisions, this piece was completed in January 2007 in Houston, Texas."

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IV. Farewell (8:50)
String Quintet No. 2 in B Minor
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II. Andante cantabile (5:00)
III. Intermezzo & Anthem (5:00)
IV. Finale: Allegro (5:00)
Brass Quintet in C Minor
I. Allegro moderato (7:00)
II. Scherzo: Allegro (3:30)
III. Romanze (5:10)
IV. Finale: Allegro (5:10)
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© 2007 David Stybr * Updated 1 January 2007
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