I was commissioned to write some original music for Susan & John's 17th "Unniversary". Susan (aka "Aunt Mickey") is a dear friend of my partner Anne's family. Susan is a flutist with a great sense of humor who loves everything from Jazz to Experimental Improvisation to New Music and anything deemed whacky by ordinary standards!
Movement I the "Scorpio Serenade" (title suggested by Aunt Mickey) starts on a bit of a reflective note and somber tone. This waltz (again per the suggestion of Aunt Mickey) leaves some space to think back on how difficult a year 2020 was for most of us. Susan and John who had some especially terrifying, exciting & life threatening events transpire. On top of the fact that we are a bit stuck in the home and stuck in the moment, as represented by the flute's continuing ostinato line... It is a bit somber because were are unable to be in each other's physical presence to enjoy or celebrate life's moments together. But as you will experience during the solo section, we are passionate none the less!
As we keep moving forward with hopeful energies, we find ourselves in Movement II, the "Joyous Dance"! Here the foreground cello and viola parts represent the two souls of our lovers, intertwined in a celebratory dance. The flute soloing in the background represents the pure energy of their joy radiating off of the dancing souls. Special thanks to Iva for her spirited flute contributions to this track!
In Movement III, a "Tapestry of Moments", we find the friends and family who make up the small irreplaceable, separate moments of our lives sewn together into the single, unbroken, continuous, forward moving melody that is our existence here on this earth. Our life as a "tapestry of moments". Aunt Mickey requested that I involve a number of good friends and so I reached to everyone to help me form the "17th Unniversary Unsemble"! If you listen closely, you can hear individual melody notes played by many separate players which have been carefully pieced together to form this single, minimalist melody line. There is also a surprise element to this musical, life collage.
Susan and John, we hope you enjoy it & can't wait to debut it for you during the Zoom celebration this Valentine's Day!
Happy 17th Unniversary to Susan and John,
And a big special thanks to everyone who contributed their musical talents to this project,
released February 14, 2021
Susan & John's 17th Unniversary Suite
Mvt I "Scorpio Serenade'' &
Mvt. II "Joyous Dance"
featuring Iva Ugrčić on flute, Anne Brethauer on viola, & Brian Grimm on cello
Mvt. III "Tapestry of Moments''
featuring The 17th Unniversary Unsemble!
Anne Brethauer, Kate & Doug Brethauer, Sharon Bushnell,
Brian Grimm, Carol Klinger, Tracy Koretsky, Ethan Lechner,
Laura Lewin with Maya & baby Sonja, baby Hannah B.,
Kenneth McMillan, Patricia Noe, Julie & Jim Sudduth-Klinger
All music composed & engineered (c) 2020 by Brian Grimm
for music licensing, please contact Brian at GrimmusiK Records: firstname.lastname@example.org
For over a decade the Brothers Grimm have been performing string music together on Guitar, Cello, and Chinese string
instruments. Separately, Brian studied Chinese music in Hong Kong and AJ studied Flamenco in Granada, Spain. They draw upon these experiences in addition to contemporary classical music forming flexible approaches in composition and improvisation practices....more