Expanse

for brass quintet - 2011, ca 3-4 minutes

 

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Composed for the Aspen Music Festival. Premiered by AMF musicians, conducted by the composer.

instrumentation - brass quintet

Piccolo Trp in Bb, Trp in Bb, Hn, Tbn, BTbn or Tuba

 

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program note

This short piece is built on the idea of each of the instruments being assigned a different scale, and having each voice slowly moving outward through its respective scale at the same time. This results in the music forming an array of both dissonant and consonant chords. At the apex, the music quickly retraces its steps back to the first chord of the piece, like running down a hill after a long climb. A postlude unites the ensemble in the key of C, where their expanding voices now reach a stable conclusion.