Interruptions is a new, shorter version of my earliest work for young musicians, Interruption Overture. The music begins with a lively melody in Bb major over familiar, “comfortable” chord progressions, but is soon punctuated by abrupt dissonance. The music continues onward, but these loud interruptions rudely reappear, and the music begins to take abrupt turns through different tonalities. The work finally settles into a four-on-the-floor groove, as the opening melody and the interruptive material learn to coexist, leading to a climactic conclusion.
Originally commissioned in 1998 by William Kellerman for his sixth-grade band at the Bartle School in Highland Park, NJ, the work ended up being slightly too long for the intended difficulty level, and I’ve always felt a compact version (3 minutes long, instead of over 6 in the original) would make the work more approachable for young and community ensembles, without compromising the quirky humor of the music.
Bari Sax (optional)
Bass Clef Baritone
Treble Clef Baritone (optional)
Snare Dr, BD
Brake Drum, Toms, Kick drum
Sus.Cym, Crash Cym.