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Blue and Green Music

Samuel Hazo

Blue and Green Music draws inspiration from the stunning artwork of Georgia O'Keeffe, which is no more apparent than in her famous 1921 painting entitled "Blue and Green Music." Subtle and bold colors are captured in this musical representation of the artwork. Based on a single theme that is manipulated and varied throughout, the piece pro- gresses from delicate mallet percussion effects up to climactic impact points for the entire ensemble. Ms. O'Keeffe explained her idea that "music could be translated into something for the eye." This piece translates it back into something for the ear.

Composer Samuel R. Hazo (b. 1966) received his bachelor’s and masters degrees from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. He has taught music at every grade level from kindergarten through university. He has composed original scores for television, radio and the stage. He serves as a guest conductor, a clinician for Hal Leonard corporation, and is sponsored by Sibelius Music Software.

Last updated on July 6, 2013 by Palatine Concert Band