(Album art by: John J King / Video screenshot by: The Budapest Scoring Orchestra)
Exciting news! “Oh, the OF It All!“, a nine-minute orchestral mini-ballet composed by Mary Bichner, is released today! Based on the wonderful libretto by playwright John J King, “Oh, the OF It All!” tells the tale of American illustrator/author Edward Gorey and his fondness for choreographer George Balanchine’s days at the New York City Ballet.
“Oh, the OF It All!” was performed and recorded BEAUTIFULLY by the amazing Budapest Scoring Orchestra at Rottenbiller Studio in Budapest, Hungary in October 2022; with mixing and mastering by the fantastic Peter Moore at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA, USA.
Here is a video featuring live footage of the session filmed and edited by the Budapest Scoring Orchestra’s video team, paired with the ballet’s libretto text so that you can follow along with story:
The audio track can also be purchased via Mary’s Bandcamp…:
“Oh, the OF IT All!” is arranged for a traditional mid-sized ballet orchestra consisting of: 2 flutes (flute + flute/piccolo), 2 oboes (oboe + oboe/English horn), 2 clarinets (clarinet + bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (bassoon + bassoon/contrabassoon), 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones (2 tenor + 1 bass), tuba, timpani, percussion (snare drum, triangle, gong), piano, celesta, harp, and string orchestra.
Thank you so much for listening, and Mary and John both hope you enjoy “Oh, the OF It All!”