Main Instruments used:
French Horn (4), Trombone Choir (6 Tenor, 3 Bass), Euphonium, Tuba, Piano, Electric Bass, Drum
Creative Vision for the Track:
Written as a combined work for French horn choir and low brass choir. As with a visual triptych the piece is in three sections. The opening fanfare, a middle reflective panel, and an aggressive, driving third and final section.
Composition Details (Tempo, Key, Main Chords etc):
- Frequent tempo, key, and time signature changes throughout.
- Piano is often used as a transitory color between the panels (often through ostinatos) as well as the feature instrument in the middle section.
- The melody at one point is given to a euphonium and tuba line scored in octaves. This allows for a change in texture and added interest.
- The third section is written in a 3/8-2/4-3/8-3/4 time signature pattern. I originally notated it as 5/8-7/8 but changed it since the ensemble was having difficulty counting the shifting rhythms.
The piece was rewritten several times. Originally for low brass alone I was asked to rescore it for a visiting French horn choir to perform it with us. I did that then the French horn club backed out. I liked some of the changes I made to accommodate the horns so I went back to low brass only. Then the French horn club was back on. This time with fewer members. This is the final reduced headcount version.
Ernest Hemingway said “Writers aren’t paid to write. They’re paid to rewrite.” As a member and associate conductor of the trombone ensemble I never got paid anyway. Thanks for the thought, though, Ernie!!!