With the addition of Bagette no. 4 to its catalog, Noteworthy Sheet Music recently welcomed Zenon Slawinski as their latest contributing composer. Mr. Slawinski studied music theory and composition at the University of Michigan with Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, and William Albright. He also studied Campanology with Hudson Ladd. After graduating with honors he pursued a career in both music and graphic design. Mr. Slawinski was co-music director for the Peabody and Ohio State award winning Children’s Radio Theatre program, and scored numerous independent and industrial films and films for the Smithsonian Institution that aired at Smithsonian museums and on PBS. He wrote the music to the popular political talk show The John McLaughlin Group. Mr. Slawinski was a founding partner of a multimedia production company and recording studio working in the early interactive days on educational and entertainment music projects in the CDi and CD-ROM formats, many of which won numerous awards. Drawing on his graphic design expertise, the composer created the striking cover art for the new NSM edition of Bagette no. 4. Additional details of Zenon Slawinski’s biography may be found on the Composers page of the NSM website.
Bagette no. 4 is an appealing piece from a set of four “Bagettes”
Bagette no. 4 opens and closes with a quick ostinato in ¾ in the piano part that lays the foundation for the feel of the entire Bagette. The second section is more pensive and contemplative, with the piano taking the lead initially. The next section is bold and in a new key - B major - and here the flute and piano engage in a playful interaction. The composer intends for the players to put their own spin on the piece and interpret the music freely. A preview page of the sheet music score and an audio clip may be accessed from the listing on the NSM website.