New Music Friday: Basses Covered

This week we’re featuring a rollicking, toe-tapping blues number. Basses Covered is a grade 4 string orchestra title from Emmy Award-winning composer Thom Sharp. It is the perfect opportunity to feature your bass section.

About Basses Covered

The style is relaxed and should not sound forced. Be sure use full note values and not to shorten the quarter note when followed by an eighth. (This of course does not apply to the pizzicato rhythms in the bass part.) The work can certainly be played at a slower than suggested tempo if it helps the performance. Also, if the pizzicato in the bass parts prove to be too much, it could be played with a light brush stroke if absolutely necessary.

About Thom Sharp

Thom Sharp, a native of southeastern Ohio’s Appalachian foothills, is an Emmy Award-winning composer, having composed music for Disney, Dreamworks, Paramount, Universal, and others. In addition, he has written several children’s music pageants and co-wrote and produced Songs from the Circle, a Parent Choice Approved CD of children’s songs. He has penned over 80 compositions for elementary, junior high and high school orchestras and bands.

Thom holds a degree in music education from Ohio University and studied composition, arranging, and film scoring at the Grove School of Music. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Fine Arts Alumni Award from Ohio University and is a member of the Professional Musicians Union Local 47 and ASCAP.

Thom teaches composition, theory, arranging, and orchestration at Cal State Fullerton, UCLA Extension, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

Thom currently lives in Los Angeles with vocalist and composer Sue Roberts Sharp, his wife of 30+ years.

 
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