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GENRE: Low brass choir, piano, aux percussion
INSTRUMENTATION: 4 Tenor Trombones, 2 Bass Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Piano, Aux Perc
CREATIVE VISION: In 2013 tornados tore through the town of Moore, Oklahoma. They happened to strike two schools directly. Children and teachers both perished. As a parent I couldn’t imagine what the families who lost elementary school age children were going through. “Children of Moore” is my elegy for the children lost, the families who lost them, and to express my profound sadness.
Composition Details (Tempo, Key, Main Chords etc):
The first statement is played by unison bass trombone and euphonium. I wanted to ensure the use full warm sound of the large bore trombone coupled with the conical bore of the euphonium.
The second statement remains in unison adds the smaller bore tenor trombones in octaves. The phrase ends by adding the tuba and bass trombones on a low B2 chord.
As the piece progresses harmony is added through melodic coupling, two part harmonies, full extended chords.
The piano recorded here was played slightly faster than I intended due to broadcast run times. The quodlibet of “Brahms’ Lullabye” ends with the Bb/Eb (fifth and tonic of the key) suspended over an Eadd9 chord. I left the piano part unresolved to build tension for the final whispered triad in the brass.