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joeytonz
09-24-2011, 10:20 AM
It Got Dark (LAPA commission; world premiere) - Thomas Newman

Composed: 2009
Length: c. 25 minutes
Orchestration: 3 flutes (3rd = piccolo and alto flute), 3 oboes (3rd = English horn), 3 clarinets (3rd = bass clarinet), 3 bassoons (3rd = contrabassoon), 6 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion (anvil, crotales, finger cymbals, glockenspiel, bass drum, piccolo snare drum, snare drum, suspended cymbal, tambourine, triangles), celesta, pre-recorded electronics, strings, and solo string quartet

First Los Angeles Philharmonic performances (world premiere)

Thomas Newman is widely acclaimed as one of today’s most prominent composers for film. He has composed music for more than 50 motion pictures and television series — such as American Beauty, Shawshank Redemption, Finding Nemo, WALL-E, and Six Feet Under — and has earned ten Academy Award nominations and five Grammy Awards. He is the youngest son of Alfred Newman, the longtime musical director of 20th Century Fox. Newman studied composition and orchestration at USC with Frederick Lesemann and noted film composer David Raksin, and privately with composer George Tremblay. He completed his academic work at Yale University, studying with Jacob Druckman, Bruce MacCombie, and Robert Moore. Newman also gratefully acknowledges the early influence of the legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, who served as a great mentor and champion.

Newman composed the original version of It Got Dark for the Kronos Quartet (which performed it last month on the opening event of the West Coast, Left Coast festival). He subsequently created this version for string quartet and orchestra, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Newman has written the following note about the piece:

“Venice, California in 1917. A young couple sits in a white rowboat by the bank of a small canal. She is wearing a hat, looking at the squat palm trees across the water. He is looking into the distance, pointing towards a walking bridge behind the boat. But what is he pointing at? And why? The area under the bridge is dreamlike, full of shadows and reflection. The water is clear. The bungalows lining the canal are trim and well tended. There are clouds in the sky, but the day is sunny. Above this scene, in ink, is faded writing. The words are almost unreadable… ‘The pink, I’ve heard, is the ice moss.’ The writer, of course, is referring to the plants lining the south bank of the canal, a moment’s observation from a place now mostly forgotten.

“It Got Dark is a result of many years of collecting ephemera — photographs, postcards, recorded interviews — from the areas surrounding my home on the west side of Los Angeles. I always meant to organize them in a way that shed light or cast shadow over what is now vs. what was then, and my unique position of seeing both at once… The feeling I get looking at something and the feeling I wish to evoke through listening. To that end, it is music of loss and memory, much distorted by my interpretations of hope and hopelessness, sorrow and joy.

“This piece includes spoken words of Emil Sandmeier, butler to Will Rogers from 1930 to 1935, and a short poem by Virginia Benton, one of the earliest residents of Santa Monica Canyon.”



This is a web rip, folks, so it's a low bitrate, but it still sounds quite good.

1. The Long Wharf
2. Glitter Mollusk
3. Skipping Flat Loop (Both Feet In)
4. Ice Moss
5. Will You Stay
6. Rile Push Cart
7. Flying Fish
8. Crystal Plunge

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Upton
09-24-2011, 11:10 AM
Thank you! Newman is my fave and I hadn't heard of this.

marinus
09-24-2011, 01:41 PM
Thank you. Great composer.

octagonproplex
09-24-2011, 02:11 PM
Cool, thanks very much!

ware10
09-25-2011, 02:34 AM
Thanks, never heard of this before!

Wakko83
09-25-2011, 04:09 AM
thank you!

raucous80cat
09-25-2011, 12:24 PM
Thanks!

bloggs20
09-25-2011, 02:55 PM
THANKS!

Buck bottleneck
09-26-2011, 04:15 AM
Thanks

Juankiller
09-26-2011, 06:56 AM
Man, you made my day!

Mamoulian
09-27-2011, 01:09 AM
Great, new Newman stuff is always welcome!

chrissiddall
09-27-2011, 06:50 AM
Awesome thanks. I love it when film composers get a chance to do a concert work.

sintesi
01-06-2012, 11:51 PM
[B][I]It Got Dark (LAPA commission; world premiere) - Thomas Newman
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Any chance of a re-up? Thanks!

raucous80cat
01-07-2012, 09:35 AM
This is great! Love Thomas Newman! (In fact, I love all the Newmans!)

bishtyboshty
01-07-2012, 12:46 PM
Here is joeytonz's file re-uploaded...

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See post number 18 for the latest re-upload...

sintesi
01-07-2012, 12:49 PM
Thanks for the re-up. Looking forward to checking this out!

Lashrito
06-13-2012, 11:36 PM
Any chance of a re-up? Thanks!

Got to the game late, just found this thread. Pleeeeze a re-re-up from a huge TN fan? I'd never heard of this before, either.

bishtyboshty
06-14-2012, 06:50 AM
Here is joeytonz's file re-uploaded in a password protected shell...

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Password: Orion999

xphile7777
07-02-2012, 11:56 AM
Thanks to Bishtyboshty and Joeytonz for the uploads! :)

joedonohoe22
10-26-2012, 06:11 AM
Hey guys, I've just tried all the upload links but none of them seem to work... Any chance of someone helping out? Thanks!

Yankee Clipper
10-26-2012, 07:24 AM
Hey guys, I've just tried all the upload links but none of them seem to work... Any chance of someone helping out? Thanks!

I don't think I have a zip file handy in hotfile anymore, but it's still on my itunes. I'll zip and upload later tonight unless someone beats me to it.

joedonohoe22
10-26-2012, 12:56 PM
I don't think I have a zip file handy in hotfile anymore, but it's still on my itunes. I'll zip and upload later tonight unless someone beats me to it.

That'd be fantastic. I've been trying to find a recording of this for ages. Much appreciated!

ScarletRebel
10-26-2012, 03:39 PM
Yes me too!

Yankee Clipper
10-27-2012, 12:29 AM
New link -

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joedonohoe22
10-28-2012, 06:39 AM
Yankee Clipper, thank you so much. Brilliant stuff.