I’ve been writing so much music over the past year, I haven’t taken time to talk about any of it! Tomorrow, 16 March, the Indiana All-State Honor Band, under the direction of John Lynch (Director of Bands at UGA, soon to be Sydney Conservatorium!), will premiere my brand new work, sevenfive. Based on the same core material as the work I wrote last year for the Gaudete Brass Quintet, this is not a transcription, but rather a new composition drawn from the same initial rhythmic and melodic materials. Sadly, I am unable to be there this weekend due to illness (thought it best not to share my coughing, sneezing, snotty mess with the band and all of the Indiana Bandmasters Association), but I gather from Dr. Lynch that the band is excited about it, and that the music is challenging but within their grasp. Always difficult to create a work for an ensemble that doesn’t even exist while you’re writing it! I want it to be fun, engaging, etc., but easy enough that a group of good high school musicians can put it together in two days of rehearsals. Wishing the group the best for tomorrow’s premiere!
For the curious, check out the perusal score (in dark green box).
What about premieres 2, 3, and 4? Here’s the skinny. More info coming with each, of course:
- 2: all stars are love: commissioned by the Colorado Wind Ensemble Commissioning Consortium, Matt Roeder, conductor. 4/6/2014
- 3: Ecstatic Fanfare (orchestra version): commissioned by the Durham Symphony Orchestra, William Henry Curry, conductor. 4/6/2014 – YES, the SAME DAY.
- 4: Concerto for Alto Saxophone: Michigan State University Wind Symphony, Joseph Lulloff, saxophone, Kevin Sedatole, conductor. 4/22/2014.