Miguel Kertsman founded the ASCAP affiliated publishing company Amazônica Music in New York in 1989.
For inquiries, requests or a print catalog, please contact us.
The music will also be available for purchase via a third-party publishing vendor soon.
“Cantiga de Ninar”
(Baby’s Good Night Song) for Mezzo Soprano and Guitar – (1999). Recorded by mezzo soprano Angelika Kirchschlager and guitarist John Williams for Ms. Kirchschlager’s “When Night Falls” Sony Classical CD release.
Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion (app. 15:00)
Orchestral score and parts available for rentals.
Commissioned by the Austrian Flute Society and Flutist Marina Piccinini of Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Conservatory. A concerto in three movements, which is both challenging and fun to the performers and listeners. From very contemporary textural sections to introspective and haunting chorales, the work also celebrates three traditional forms of Brazilian music: Choros, Baiao, and the Repentes of the Northeastern countryside.
Flute and Piano Reduction Version available from: Edition Kossack — www.editionkossack.de — at selected stores and internet music sales sites.
Chamber Symphony No. 1 – “Boa Viagem Shoreline” – for Small Ensemble, Contralto (or counter-tenor), Child Soprano (or coloratura soprano) and Percussion (app. 11:30)
Score and parts available for rentals or sales.
Recording with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Soloists and Conductor Dennis Russell Davies available for sale.
This Chamber Symphony is the first one in a cycle of three. The piece is a bit interactive – (some musicians also recite in regional dialects, shout, sing at times – blending natural voice with instruments – and the conductor has the option to interact with the audience at the end) – depicting a beautiful Brazilian seascape along with its many folklore beach vendors, ocean sounds, multitude of voices, and the stars at night. …A car engine rumble (texture between a cello, double bass and percussion) turns into areligioso contrapuntal meditation almost a barroca later on… ¨The piece is at times quite textural also requiring virtuoso playing.
Sinfonia Concertante for Flute and Orchestra (app. 32:00)
Score and parts available for rentals.
Recording with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Flutist Wolfgang Schulz, principal of the Vienna Philharmonic, and Conductor Dennis Russell Davies available for sale.
The “Sinfonia Brasileira Concertante for Flute and Orchestra” includes a boldly orchestrated 1st movement containing rhapsodic themes, hypnotic” Brazilian rhythms and romantic passages; a sad, introspective and quasi-baroque 2nd movement, and a wild 3rd movement full of rhythm, energy and color called “The Dumb Donkey Called Jackass”. Rather than being a “typical” flute concerto, with mainly light accompaniment textures under the solo flute and the occasional tutti, the work is very “symphonic”, at times majestic, highlighting the flute.
AMAZONIA (Amazon), Symphonic Poem (app. 16:30)
Score and parts available for rentals.
Recording with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and Conductor Dennis Russell Davies available for sale.
Performed several times at season concerts, and major festivals including the BIENAL in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the international festival IDRIART — European world premiere in 2005 , Brucknerhaus Linz, Austria with Conductor Dennis Russell Davies and the Bruckner Orchester Linz. Including a full orchestra plus organ, piano and an expanded percussion section, the work has meditative, lush symphonic passages as well as aggressive moments, and “Brazilian atmospheres.” It brings “romantic” moments and energetic, uniquely orchestrated Brazilian influenced rhythms and passages. The piece evokes the vastness and peace of the Amazon Rain Forest. It also reminds us of its ongoing destruction thus carrying an ecological message.
Piano Trio No. 1, A Choro – for Piano, Violin and Violoncello (app. 9:00)
Score and parts available for sale.
This one movement piano trio follows the old and nostalgic form of a Brazilian “Choro” and the old “Valsas de Esquina” (“Street Corner Waltzes”). The abundance of thematic cells in the beginning is therefore intentional. They are all developed, interlinked and recapitulated during the piece. The choro, much in fashion during turn-of-the-century Brazil and its “belle epoch”, can be said to be the predecessor of certain genres of Brazilian popular music and forms of the modern Samba. Its melodies were much inspired by French and Italian singing at the time and its rhythms and flair were born in the old streets of Rio de Janeiro. This Piano Trio purposely evokes the rhapsodic, nostalgic and romantic aspect of the Choro together with Brazilian rhythmic energy.
Stop It! For Double Bass and Violoncello (app. 7:00)
Parts available for sale.
Commissioned by the Chicago Composers Consortium.
Rosenfeld Variations for String Orchestra or String Quintet: Theme, Chorale, Scherzo, Lullaby, Brazilian Children’s Dance, Largo, Fuga a Barroca (app. 20:00)
Score and parts available for rentals or sale.
The point behind the Theme and Variations for Strings “Rosenfeld” (1990) was to come up with a rather trivial thematic cell – even with a touch of irony and humor – and transfigure, develop it into various scenarios which would include modern, romantic, baroque and Brazilian atmospheres. The “theme,” (which came up at a gathering with the Rosenfelds, dear friends – by now no longer among us – and ardent music lovers) was developed and disguised into different musical forms and moods: “Chorale”, “Scherzo”, “Lullaby” and “Brazilian Children’s Dance,”* “Largo” and “Fuga a Barroca”.
* “Lullaby and Brazilian Children’s Dance” can be approached as an individual set and performed separately as a piece on their own.
Toccata Brasileira for Piano
Available for sale.
ATTENTION PROGRESSIVE JAZZERS AND BRAZILIAN MUSIC LOVERS! AVAILABLE SOON!
The Amazonica Universal Orchestra Work Book
Available for sale soon.
A collection of Jazz, high energy, Ballads, Brazilian progressive jazz works for the ensemble Amazonica Universal Orchestra which performed extensively in New York at venues such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, The Knitting Factory and several Jazz clubs. Songbook and lead Sheets will be available soon.
Concerto for String Orchestra (app. 25:00)
Score and parts available for rental.
Four Choros and Lullabies for Flute and Piano
Available for sale: Deluxe piano score and solo flute part:
Edition Kossack — www.editionkossack.de — at many music sales sites.
I) – Serenade – A gentle Choro / Lullaby in the old tradition of the “Brazilian belle epoch” – 3:07
II) – Campeao (Champion) – A modern “Brazilian progressive jazz” infused high energy piece dedicated to a friend, composer Hermeto Pascoal – 2:12
III) – Birita in Boston (Drinking Party in Boston) – A modern “Brazil / jazz” infused Choro and Frevo written on a napkin during a drinking party in the streets of Boston. 2:00
IV)- Nocturne, Lullaby – A piece in those genres evoking the old traditions of the Choros, Valsas de Esquina, and the “Brazilian belle epoch”. 5:00
WORKS CURRENTLY IN PROGRESS:
Chamber Symphony No. 2 for Three Female Voices and Dark Orchestra
O Saci, Children’s Opera
AVAILABLE FOR LICENSING:
For two recorders, bassoon, viola da gamba, old Brazilian Northeastern guitar, old Brazilian fiddle, organ, folklore solo voices, choir, 3 pitched berimbaus, and five percussionists.
De Deserto a Deserto
For recorder, old Brazilian fiddle, two old Brazilian Northeastern guitars, pitched berimbau, bass and four percussionists.
For solo folklore voices, female chorus, organ and 8 percussionists.
* From Miguel Kertsman’s Sony Classical Album release Amazonica
People, Get It Together!
Espirito: Total Chill-Out, Brain Rejuvenatorz
* From Miguel Kertsman’s RCA Victor Group release Rhythmic Fission