Les Parcs de Paris (The Parks of Paris) (1999) is a work inspired by the beautiful green areas in Paris and the manner in which Parisians take to their gardens and parks. These eight miniatures for solo horn were conceived as “postcards from Paris” in an emotional and nostalgic fashion, and are not intended as universal musical depictions of the parks; therefore, while Mussorgsky’s “Tuileries” from Pictures at an Exhibition can represent the dancing lightness of the flowers and children playing at the gardens, mine suggests the peaceful sleepiness I felt, brought on by a long day spent at the nearby Louvre.
The elegant Luxembourg Gardens were always filled with children of all ages. While on a walk through the Ranelagh Gardens (near a Monet museum), a game of bocci ball provided whimsical sights and sounds. At the stately Place des Vosges, a strolling violinist wowed me with his virtuosic technique. The Champ de Mars was remarkable for the contradiction of its vast openness right next to the powerfully compact Eiffel Tower. The Parc de Bagatelle, normally abounding with flowers, was a bit scraggly and thorny for my out-of-season twilight visit, and the Parc Monceau evokes romantic memories for my wife and me. The quintessential green space called the Woods of Boulogne was a delightfully playful park that brings to mind images of family gatherings, childlike games, a lazy boat ride, and ample room simply to relax as a Parisian would.
Marty Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Music at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. He holds degrees from Lawrence University and the Eastman School of Music and is currently completing his dissertation toward a doctorate in composition from Florida State University. Robinson has taught courses in composition, jazz arranging, film scoring, counterpoint, and jazz piano. In addition, he has also served as trumpet professor and jazz ensemble director.
In addition to his teaching, Robinson remains active as a jazz trumpeter and pianist, a composer, arranger, and clinician. His research paper, “Don Redman, the Beginnings of Jazz Arranging,” is published by the IAJE Research Press. He also serves on the resource team board of advisors for IAJE, the International Association of Jazz Educators. He annually serves as judge for the Great American Jazz Piano Competition.
Robinson has arranged jazz music for saxophonist Gary Bartz, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, pianist Steve Kuhn, guitarist Gene Bertoncini, and the German Radio Big Band. These and other award-winning compositions and arrangements are published by the UNC Jazz Press. His first etude book, 20 Flow Studies for Trumpet, is published by the Schmerse Press. His music for television and film has been heard internationally on such shows as ABC’s 20/20, CBS’s U.S. Open tennis coverage, Fox’s NFL Films, as well as for commercials for NBC’s ER, ADT Security, and Hershey’s Chocolate.
His concert works include orchestral music, wind ensemble music, choral music, brass quintets, a string quartet, and several chamber works. Recent commissions include a piece for twelve trombones, a fantasy for solo marimba, and a sonata for saxophone and piano.