2004 – 5 Movements – Duration: 42 minutes
Minimum orchestra required: 2 fl(picc), 2 ob (EH), 2 cl, 2bsn, 3 trp, 4 hrn, 3 trb, tba, 3 perc, timp, harp, strings
Description: Five movements, each based on a card from the tarot deck. Although it has not been done, I have always thought that it would be cool to have a local luminary draw the cards from the conductor’s hand and then project them behind the orchestra (they are very colorful) and then play the movements in the order they were drawn. Below are the movements as performed by the Capital City Symphony.
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[audio:https://charliebarnett.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/4-The-Hanged-Man-CCS.mp3|titles=The Tarot – The Hanged Man]
[audio:https://charliebarnett.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/6-The-Emperor-CCS.mp3|titles=The Tarot – The Emperor]
[audio:https://charliebarnett.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/3-The-Star-CCS.mp3|titles=The Tarot – The Star]
[audio:https://charliebarnett.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/5-The-Magician-CCS-1.mp3|titles=The Tarot – The Magician]
2004 – 1 Movement – Duration: 8 minutes
Minimum orchestra required: 2 fl (picc), 2 ob (EH), 2 cl, bsn, 3 trp, 4 hrn, 3 trb, tba, 3 perc, timp, harp, strings
Description: The Pleiades is a group of seven stars that is part of the Taurus constellation. It is also called the Seven Sisters. Many astronomers say that it is best seen by first finding it and then looking away from it. I love this concept.
This is a Suite of the orchestral score to the movie Paper Clips. It includes the song Alison Krauss sang in the film, Jubilee.
Paper Clips Orchestral Theme
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This is from wonderful documentary called Paper Clips. It is the story of the people of Whitwell, Tennessee and their junior high school’s project designed to teach their kids about the Holocaust. It is an astonishing little film that makes almost everyone weep – mostly tears of hope and joy. Miramax has picked this up and it has played on HBO. We’ll see where it goes from here. Congratulations to Bob Johnson, Joe Fab and Elliot Berlin, the amazing guys who made this film.
Paper Clips (Small Group Cue 1)
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There were three sorts of music for Paper Clips – these cues were from the chamber group sessions featuring Janice Martin, again. I just love her playing. Also Greg Watkins is on double bass with Robert Sullivan on guitar and Lukasz Czyner on cello. I think the sound here perfectly reflects the Appalachian setting with the overtones of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe.
Paper Clips (Small Group Cue 2)
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The third group of sessions took place in Nashville with Alison Krauss. She sang the end titles and two tunes for the interior of the film. She was not only flawless and inspiring, she was funny. I don’t think I have ever worked with such a genuinely funny singer. And as you can imagine, she stole my heart.
These tracks are from a huge multi screen project at the Newseum when it was in Arlington, VA.
The pieces evoke the Civil War, World War I, and The Korean War respectively. The images are an incredibly powerful anti-war message.
It was a powerful piece aired on a screen that was one hundred and twelve feet long, divided into nine screens at times, three at times, one enormous image at times.