Saint Lucia Morning Music of
Titanic Records is pleased to release "Saint Lucia Morning"
featuring the West Texas A&M University Concert Band playing
the music of Bernard Hoffer, conducted by Dr. Gary Garner. The disc
features a recording of Hoffer's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and
Large Wind Orchestra spectacularly performed by Albert Regni. Mr.
Regni is the resident saxophonist with the New York Philharmonic,
the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York City Ballet. He has performed
with many of the major musical organizations of the world and has
appeared on more than 75 recordings both as a soloist and with ensembles.
The title composition is a three movement tone poem inspired by
the sounds and music of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, which
the composer has visited frequently. Local sounds were recorded
on a walkman and later transcribed into the fabric of the composition.
You can hear cows lowing, dogs barking, lorries driving by in the
distance, and of course the sounds of the market place with several
radios blaring ethnic tunes at the same time. Also on the disc is
"Solti," a short work for percussion ensemble and wind
ensemble, featuring 5 percussion soloists from the WTAMU Band.