Spotlight: Eric B. Davis

Eric B. Davis is a freelance musician, composer, and teacher in New York whose Broadway show credits include Next to Normal, Anything Goes (2011), Ghost, Matilda, Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway, Groundhog Day, The Prom and Jagged Little Pill. He has also done workshops of a long list of Broadway shows in development and appears on numerous recordings, cast albums, and jingles. Eric is the touring guitarist for Tony and Emmy winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth and has performed with numerous other Broadway stars.

Eric previously taught strings, guitar, and general music in the public schools, both in New York City and Long Island, and currently works as an adjunct lecturer at Queens College in New York. As a composer, Eric has had several pieces published for both string orchestra and choir. He holds a bachelor’s degree from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School.

A last year he recorded a video for us talking about his two 2020 titles with Tempo Press:

Tango del Sol Brillante

Tango del Sol Brillante, or “Tango of the Bright Sun” is an exotic, engaging and playful dance with catchy melodies and a fun rhythmic pulse enhanced by percussion instruments. Its suave feel and instant appeal to the ear will transport you to Argentina and back.

Precipice

Precipice is a high energy musical journey that evokes images of scaling ever-shifting terrain to reach the peak of a large cliff, and gaze into the vastness below. Rapid melodies and musical episodes take you on extended twists and turns, leading you to an unexpected and dramatic resolution.

New Music Friday

New Music Friday: Tango Americana

The Tango is a study in syncopation and accent. This original piece uses two themes, one in the key of F major and another in the relative minor. You can augment the overall Tango feel by using the included percussion parts for claves, bongo drums, and maracas.

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New Music Friday: Personent Hodie

The tune used in this carol is believed to have originated in Germany, possibly around 1360. This arrangement stays relatively faithful to the melody, which is presented in groups of upper strings and lower strings. All parts can be played in first position, although the cello has several measures of divisi. At the marked tempo, the piece runs about two and a half minutes.

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New Music Friday: The Changing Timepiece

This work is a set of brief variations based on the theme from the slow movement of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 101. This symphony is nicknamed “The Clock” due to the “tick-tock” effect that you will hear accompanying the theme. This work was created to be a teaching tool. Depending on what the students already were exposed to, this piece offers a chance to deal with changing time signatures, changing key signatures, changing tempi, col legno technique, subito, Grand Pause, tremolo, what are variations, what an old-fashioned mechanical clock sounds like, as well as historical information about Haydn and his symphonies.

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New Music Friday: Slavonic Dance Op. 46, No. 2

Antonín Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances were originally composed to be played on the piano by two performers. The composer then created orchestrations for full orchestra, bringing him much recognition as a composer. This string orchestra arrangement increases the opportunities for even more performers and audiences to enjoy it.

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