Paul Thomas – Bruegel Sketches
Last week I had the opportunity to premiere Bruegel Sketches for bass clarinet and accordion by Paul David Thomas, professor of music at Dallas Baptist University, with the composer himself on accordion:
It’s a great set of miniatures evocative of the paintings. And the score is a lesson in how to use notation as a means to an end — the miniatures varied from traditional notation to graphic score, but each one was really effective in its own way. And it’s always fun to have the chance to workshop the piece together, see what works, and tweak things along the way!