The compositions of professor UMFK created in Europe



The cliché “good things happen to those who wait” applies to the recent activities of UMFK music teacher Dr Scott Brickman. Dr. Brickman’s Sinfonia Brevis (Symphony # 2) for String Orchestra, which premiered on February 10, 2016 in L’viv, Ukraine by L’viv Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ferdinando Nazzaro, was recently recorded by the Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland, conducted by Pawel Kotla and released on CD Phasma 035.

FORT KENT, Maine – The cliché “good things happen to those who wait” applies to the recent activities of UMFK music teacher Dr Scott Brickman. Dr. Brickman’s Sinfonia Brevis (Symphony # 2) for String Orchestra, which premiered on February 10, 2016 in L’viv, Ukraine by L’viv Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ferdinando Nazzaro, was recently recorded by the Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland, conducted by Pawel Kotla and released on CD Phasma 035.

Dr Brickman’s Symphony No. 3, Baltic Poem, premiered on June 1 by the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of the Republic of Moldova, conducted by Mihail Agafita. This work, written in 2016, waited five years for a performance.

“I think my orchestra is quite large, which includes instruments such as a double bassoon, an English horn and a tuba, as well as a large percussion ensemble with a lot of bells, cymbals and gongs, requiring three percussionists and a timpanist, have been a bit of a hindrance in getting performance, ”Dr. Brickman said.

In addition to the recording of Dr Brickman’s Symphony No.2, The Kalisz Philharmonic, again conducted by Maestro Kotla, also recorded a recent composition, Boginka (2021), a symphonic poem for double-string orchestra. This is published on Phasma CD 036. Boginka, in Polish mythology, is a swamp demon who steals babies from their mothers and replaces them with demonic babies who are fussy and cranky. Even today, in parts of Poland, mothers place red and white bracelets on their children’s wrists to ensure that they are indeed their children and not “replacement babies” left by Boginka.

“I am really excited about these performances and these recordings,” said Dr. Brickman. “In my opinion, the string players in European orchestras are phenomenal. While my Symphony # 2 does not present any serious challenges, the other two works are quite complex. Orchestras and conductors exhibit a fearlessness that I find both impressive and humiliating. In the case of the recording of Boginka by the Kalisz Philharmonic, because the five sections of the string orchestra are constantly divided into two, there are important pieces of music containing 10 independent parts. This orchestra is able to perform them not only perfectly, but with a confidence which results in a very exciting recording. “

“Of course, the recordings of an orchestra in Poland are particularly meaningful to me because my maternal ancestry is Polish,” added Dr Brickman. “In fact, although my mother was born in the United States, Polish was her first language. Once the COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted, I really hope to travel to both Moldova and in particular Poland to hear performances of these works in person. “

Dr. Brickman’s compositions are recorded on the Parma label in the USA and on the Phasma label in Europe. His orchestral music has also been performed in Croatia and the Czech Republic.

Dr Brickman holds degrees in music from the University of Wisconsin and Brandeis University. Dr Brickman has been teaching at UMFK since the fall of 1997. Professional recordings of his music are available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital platforms, and as hard copies mainly but not exclusively on the Parma and Phasma.

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