By Miles Davis/arr. by David Sanford | For Eight Cellos | 3′
Title: Half Nelson
Composer: Miles Davis
Arranger: David Sanford
Year Composed: 1948/2010
Instrumentation: For Eight Cellos (This work can also be played by 6 cellos, piano and bass).
Format: Full Score + 8 Parts
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0312
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From the arranger:
Miles Davis’s 1948 bebop composition Half Nelson is re-cast in the style of his 1949 debut as a leader in the Birth of the Cool sessions. The head is harmonized in six parts as Gil Evans did with “Jordu”, “Boplicity” and others, with a Davis-like economical solo for the lead cello in the middle.
Commission/Dedication: To Matt Haimovitz and UCCELLO.
Premiere: First performed August 7, 2009 at Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée, QC by Matt Haimovitz and UCCELLO.
Recording: This work is recorded on Oxingale Records’ and PENTATONE Oxingale Series‘ album Meeting of the Spirits, performed by Matt Haimovitz and UCCELLO. Click here for the listening options.