...de los angeles - (2020)   

for organ

for Manuel Rosales


My friend of many and too many years -- from our college days -- wrote to inform of a fine performance of a newly discovered set of works by the French composer Michel Corrette (1707 - 1795), referencing the score as well as a performance. Nifty, I thought, and this sparked a question about Manuel's choice of naming reed stops for the organs at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and rather new Catholic cathedral, both in Los Angeles. In the Llamarda group of reeds, he chose the name for the stop knob, all in upper case letters, TROMPETA DE LOS ANGELES. And then as consultant for the archdiocese for the cathedral in downtown Los Angeles,  he named an 8' stop en chamade with the same, in upper and lower case, Trompeta de los angeles. As he said in a message to me, it is his play on words for the upper case is part of the city's name, Los Angeles, while the lower case  "refers to angels," as he wrote to me. This then is of the angels, which play their roles in so many religious narratives. 


Manuel and I have known each other since our college years in Los Angeles, and he remains a resident, president of his Rosales Organ Builders, and acts as tonal consultant for many projects around the world. One of them in Magdeburg I had visited during an installation, and the picture above was from my visit to the Disney Hall as the organ was being completed.


The notion for registrations is to contrast a solo reed, as at measure 23 and thereafter, against gathered tutti registrations as available on any given instrument.





Trompeta de los angeles from the above mentioned instruments, en chamade


4 pages, circa 5' 00" an MP3 demo is here: 


The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this organ score.