"An excellent composition for string orchestra, bringing to mind David Diamond's Rounds
in its high energy and spirited interplay. Formally elegant, naturally organic, ''fun" without being obvious or silly.
Absolutely first rate in every way and worthy of many performances."
"If someone is looking for a short, energetic
work for a string group that can tolerate a little dissonance and
handle whole-tone scales, this just might fit the bill! Audience
reaction was positive. Nice work!"
"Terrific piece - lots of fun!"
When the composer was 7 years of age, his maternal grandmother presented him with a
bagatelle game called Wing Shot. The object of the pinball-like game was to launch
small marbles using a spring-loaded plunger, causing them to land in semicircular cups
with associated point values. Across the bottom of the game was inscribed the phrase
"Black Ball Counts Double."
The title and concept of this single-movement work were suggested by the pleasant memories of the perpetually flying marbles and the almost mystical significance of the single black ball.
With its appealing themes, brevity, contrast and rhythmic drive, Black Ball Counts Double
is an excellent opener for any string quartet recital or string orchestra concert.
The String Orchestra version of this work received a "Highly Commended" award in the 2003 Oare International
Composing Competition, England. It was premiered on on April 23, 2005 by the
Mission Chamber Orchestra, San Jose, California,
Emily Ray, Music Director.
Published by Metamorphic Music.
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