Episode 79: 18079 Greg Brown - Venezia


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I. St. Mark's Square: This jubilant 6/8 movement is in the style of the great Venetian master, Vivaldi. It expresses the mood of the great gathering center of the island.
II. Bridge of Sighs: This slow movement is evoking the walk across the Bridge of Sighs. The bridge was the last place a prisoner would see daylight before going to the dungeons. The slow steady rhythm of the guitar are the steps of the prisoner where the strings are the sound of the heaviness of their heart.
III: Carnival: This rhythmic conclusion of the piece is capturing the spirit of this festive occasion on the isle with a dissonant middle section reflecting some of the darker characters portrayed at this time.
To date, Mr. Brown has released over 25 CDs either under his own name, his metal band Age of Fire, or various projects. He has performed in Europe, across the United States, and Canada. Brown is a member of the Guitar Foundation of America, the Charlottesville Classical Guitar Society, the College Music Society, Chamber Music America, and the Society of Composers, Inc. He taught guitar at Mary Baldwin College from 2004-2006, other private institutions for 10 years, and is currently teaching privately in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, where he resides. He is a graduate of the Music, Video, and Business program at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and has a Bachelor’s in Business from City University in Bellevue, Washington with a specialty in Music Industry. Currently, he is attending the Vermont College of Fine Arts working towards his Master’s Degree in Music Composition. His music has been heard on radio stations across the world, TV, Film, and Video Games and has even been transcribed into Braille. Mr. Brown’s recordings are distributed globally through The Orchard, and wherever files can be downloaded. His compositions are available through Les Productions D’Oz and J.W. Pepper.

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