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- A follow-up concert was made soon after the premiere, by the Redwood
Symphony at Bayside Performing Arts Centre, San Mateo, 2005.10.02
- The score took 10 weeks to complete. (NPR, 2005.02.27)
- Danny started with 15-16 short pieces and evolved the 6 movement
structure from ideas which worked for him. (NPR, 2005.02.27)
- 'Quadruped Patrol' was written with two dogs of uneven size trotting
side-by-side in mind. (NPR, 2005.02.27)
- SS is only his second concert work. The first was his Piano
Concerto 11/2, an ambitious 51/2 minute
piece written in the late 1970's for Oingo Boingo. No recording
appears extant, although Elfman claims that even there he was influenced
by Prokofiev and Stravinsky. (American composers Orchestra website,
- In order to cater for the birth of his son Oliver, Elfman agreed
to move the performance of his work from the smaller to the main
hall of the Carnegie venue - this mean't it could be scheduled one
month later than originally agreed and gave Elfman the family time
- Although this is a concert work, Elfman still utilised orchestrators,
such is his work ethic. He is not, however, the first composer of
non-film music to farm out this part of the process to collaborators.
The practice was quite common especially in opera where time constraints
were tight and budgets comparatively lavish.
- Lyrics to movement 5 in both Spanish and English here
Movement Listing: Concert, 2005
What is Serenada Schizophrana?
The Serenada is many things. It started as...
Danny Elfman's first mature concert work (2005.02),
written in answer to an American Composers Orchestra (ACO) commission
and scored for:
flutes (3, with 3rd doubling on picc.)
oboes (3, with 3rd doubling on Cor Anglais)
clarinets (3, doubling E-flat, bass clar, and alto sax)
bassoons (3, with 3rd doubling on contrabassoon)
trombones (3, with 3rd doubling bass trombone)
tuba (doubling on cimbasso)
small female chorus [8 voices]
The ACO premiered the commission on 23rd Feburary 2005 in
the Isaac Stern Auditorium of the Carnegie complex in New York.
Subsequent to the warm critical reception to its performance,
Elfman's score was recorded (2005.12) by Maestro John Mauceri with a 96-piece
orchestra and female chorus, and used in the documentary film Deep
Sea 3D, currently still on cinematic release. It is as yet unverified
what alterations were made to the score at this point.
Finally a CD release (multi-channel SACD, but as
hybrid capable of playing in normal CD players) of the music has been
prepared for release in 2006.10, complete with alterations to both music
and (most noticeably) orchestration.
Forces employed: 43 violins, 18 violas, 21 cellos, 10 double
basses, 4 flutes (soloist is Louise Di Tullio), 4 oboes, 4 clarinets,
alto saxophone (Dan Higgins), 6 bassoons, 8 horns, 6 trumpets, 4 trombones,
tuba, 5 percussionists, timpani, harp, 2 pianos, plus choir (9 singers).
Additional: programming by T. J. Lindgren
Conducted by John Mauceri