Dean Estabrook: A Brief Serenade for Strings - Veridian Symphony Orchestra




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Published on May 6, 2016

Somewhere between a suite and a symphony in form, a serenade is usually light and romantic in nature: casual and without too many overly dramatic moments.. There are four short movements in this work, the first being an exact quote of a chorale from the Ascension Oratorio #11 by J.S. Bach “Nun lieget alles unter dir (Now all lies beneath you).” The remaining three movements entitled Celebration, Contemplation, and Dance do not comprise a Theme and Variation treatment per se, however all draw material (mostly harmonic) from the chorale. Another important unifying factor in this piece is a six note rhythmic motif: first played by the violas, then recurring throughout all of the three remaining movements, particularly apparent in Celebration, and Dance. Dance, which is set in a duple meter, combines the dotted motif with the use of a Pentatonic scale (think the black notes on a piano).
Dean M. Estabrook is one of the beacons of the Yuba Sutter's classical music community. He moved to Yuba City in 1966 after having received his B.M. degree from the University of Arizona, and his M.M. degree in Music Theory and Composition from CSUSJ. He taught music in YCUSD for thirty-one years, and was Choral Director at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church for ten years. He has also adjudicated choral festivals throughout Northern California, and published articles in professional journals as well as many compositions for handbell choir and various choral ensembles. In 1995 CMEA honored him as Outstanding Music Educator.

Recorded live at St Andrew Presbyterian Church, Yuba City, CA April 30th, 2016


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