AFTER DAVID SOLOMONS FOUND US ON THE INTERNET AND CORRESPONDED WITH US, WE HAVE GLEEFULLY AGREED TO PRESENT HIS OCARINA SEPTETS TO THE WORLD.  WHEN YOU CLICK THE LINKS BELOW,  A NEW WINDOW WILL OPEN WITH A MIDI OF THE PIECE AND THE SCORE IN .GIF FORMAT.
 
INTRODUCTORY NOTES BY DAVID SOLOMONS
These three ocarina septets were written for Giorgio Pacchioni and the ocarina septet he played with, "Novecento".  They are carefully worked out to ensure that the notes are within the range of the seven different ocarinas of a typical ensemble and those ocarinas which transpose have their parts ready transposed in the score.  All three pieces have been performed in Midi format to accompany a dance sequence by Vada at the Dance House Theatre, Manchester, UK, but I have yet to hear a live performance on real ocarinas.
 
*L'Incantatrice del Norte (The enchantress of the North)*
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This septet is based on a duet I wrote for a former girlfriend - (she lived
in the north of London, so that counts!).  The words were frankly quite
awful, so I decided to release the music from its verbal restrictions and
give it to ocarinas!  The piece has attracted some attention and has been
included in an electronic magazine called "Knightmares".
*Noel di Gautier (Gautier's Noel)*
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This is based on a Christmas poem by the French poet Théophile Gautier.  The
baby Jesus is seen in the harsh reality of the stable; the poet evokes the
singing of the angels, but these do not warm the child.
*Serenata nella residenza estiva (Serenade in the summer residence)*
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This based on a poem by Reiner Kunze which evokes a harpsichord recital at
which the audience is not sure whether or not it captured the truth behind
the music.  The musicians are described leaving the hall like so many
penguins.  The audience leaves seeking more enlightenment.
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