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James Ackley CD
"New American Works for Trumpet"

Greg Bartholomew's Summer Suite is featured on the 2012 CD "New American Works for Trumpet" released by James Ackley and the Palmetto Camerata.

Suite from Razumov
recorded by Kiev Philharmonic

Greg Bartholomew's Suite from Razumov was awarded the Masterworks Prize by ERM Media and was recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic for release on the "Masterworks of the New Era" CD series. The work, for clarinet and string quartet, was premiered October 21, 2003, at Seattle's Town Hall by the odeonquartet and Sean Osborn, clarinet, and received its second performance on the Syzygy new chamber music series in Ashland, Oregon, on January 15, 2005.

The music of award-winning American composer Greg Bartholomew is frequently performed across the United States and in Canada, Europe and Australia. NPR classical music reviewer Tom Manoff called Bartholomew "a fine composer not afraid of accessibility."

Born in 1957, Bartholomew studied trombone at John Muir Elementary School and piano at Cornish College of the Arts before earning degrees from the College of William & Mary in Virginia and the University of Washington. He sang with Seattle Pro Musica for more than fifteen years and studied violin with Teo Benson.

Winner of the 2013 Cheryl A. Spector Prize (for Summer Suite), the 2012 Spector Prize (for the First Suite from Razumov), the Silver Platter Repertoire Award (for The Tree), and First Place in the 2006 Orpheus Music Composition Competition (for Beneath the Apple Tree), Bartholomew was also awarded the Masterworks Prize from ERM Media in 2005 and 2006. A two-time Finalist for the American Prize in Choral Composition (2012 and 2013), Bartholomew was the 2012/2013 Composer in Residence for the Cascadian Chorale.

His music is available from Art of Sound Music, Ars Nova Music, Imagine Music Publishing, Orpheus Music, J.W.Pepper and Sheet Music Plus.

Bartholomew is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Washington Composers Forum, the Society of Composers, Inc., and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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Baby Blue Roses

Baby Blue Roses was composed in 2015 for the Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, where it was premiered on January 16, 2016, by Dr. Ben Fairfield, trumpet, and Chris Steele, piano. The piece is the composer's homage to the Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel. Dr. Fairfield premiered the original 2-minute version at the Festival. An extended 3'30" version was premiered February 18, 2016, by Walker Beard and Joshua Vigran in Brooklyn, New York. Sheet music is available from Art of Sound Music. For info:

Still Life with Melon & Sand

Still Life with Melon & Sand is the second movement of Greg Bartholomew's "Summer Suite" for Trumpet with accompaniment for String Quartet or Piano or Organ or Saxophone Quartet or String Orchestra or Chamber Orchestra or Wind Ensemble with optional percussion. This recording, made by James Ackley and the Palmetto Camerata and released on their CD, "New American Works for Trumpet," combines the piano and string quartet accompaniments. For info:

In Seaspray, Barefoot

A fun and exciting bagatelle, In Seapray, Barefoot imagines a young person running down from sand dunes into the ocean and being chased by the waves back up into the dunes, in a playful dance. Composed in March 2012, the piece was premiered September 9, 2012, by Denise Stillwell, violin, and Yumi Suehiro, piano, on the Composer's Voice concert series at the Jan Hus Church, New York City. Originally composed for violin & piano, alternate arrangements are available for tuba & piano, clarinet & piano, euphonium & piano, flugelhorn & piano and flute & piano. The flute & piano arrangement includes alternate versions for C flute and alto flute. A guitar accompaniment is also available for violin, clarinet or alto flute in an arrangement by Rodrigo Baggio. For info:

The Fervid Hokey Poke

The Fervid Hokey Poke is a choral setting of the poem by Jeff Brechlin with which he won The Washington Post's Style Invitational in March 2003. The competition asked readers to rewrite some banal instructions in the style of a famous writer. Brechlin chose to rewrite one verse of the traditional dance song The Hokey Pokey as if written by William Shakespeare, for which he won the prize of a shotgun shell salt and pepper shaker. His poem is used with permission. This demo audio recording was made by Matthew Curtis of ChoralTracks. For info: