Alloy 7645

Composer: Bough, Thomas
Instrumentation: Quartet Instruments: French Horn
Genre: Contemporary

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Based on the J.S. Bach Chorale "Vater unser im Himmelreich", this is a high energy work for a college ensemble that will be a nice challenge for the performer as well a great listen for the audience.

Commissioned by the Alloy Horn Quartet and funded in part by the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Program of the International Horn Society World Premiere, International Horn Society Conference, 2018

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    Thank you to the Alloy Horn Quartet, who commissioned this work to be performed on August 2, 2018 at the International Horn Society Symposium, held at Ball State University.  I was truly pleased by the invitation to write for this remarkable chamber ensemble, and even more pleased to be able to attend the premiere in person.  Their artistry and virtuosity brought this music to life in a vibrant, compelling way.  Alloy worked diligently to obtain funding for this composition, and were successful in obtaining a grant from the Rimon Commissioning Assistance Program of the International Horn Society.  They held a fundraising concert and obtained donations from private individuals, including Jean Patterson and Steven Stroup.  Thank you Alloy Horn Quartet!

    The music is based on the chord progressions of the J.S. Bach chorale “Vater Unser in Himmelreich”.  The title reflects the progression of time signatures in the major sections of the piece.  Before writing the music, I had the pleasure of hearing the Alloy Quartet play in person, so portions of the music were written to utilize the strengths of the ensemble.  For instance, the group articulates with an enviable degree of clarity, which is reflected in the opening theme.  They hand off phrases from one player to another with a high degree of fluidity, which is also reflected in the writing.  The Horn IV part is more prominent (and lower) than normal, to reflect the low-range virtuosity of the players.  The structure of the composition is loosely based on a rondo.  At the request of the players, I even included a section in a funk/rock style, which is both a reflection of the breadth of their musical training and the malleability of the source music from J.S. Bach.  Enjoy!


    Dr. Bough is an active conductor, arranger, composer, clinician, and adjudicator for concert band, marching band, and brass band.

    Dr. Thomas Bough joined the faculty of Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2005 as the Director of Athletic Bands. He also conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches graduate conducting and instrumental arranging. Bough holds MM and DMA degrees in Tuba Performance from Arizona State University, where he was a student of Sam Pilafian and Dan Perantoni. He holds the degree Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Missouri State University, where he was active in both vocal and instrumental music. From 1999 - 2005 Bough served as the Assistant Director of Bands and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, and from 1992-1999 as the Band Director at Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona.

    Dr. Bough’s diverse performance background includes wind bands, brass bands, orchestras, chamber music, jazz bands, Dixieland, the Walt Disney World All American College Band and the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps. He is a Yamaha sponsored artist, and performs on the Yamaha 822 CC tuba and Yamaha 822 F tuba. In this capacity, he serves as a brass consultant and guest instructor with the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. He was also an instructor with the Phantom Regiment Alumni Corps in 2016. Bough has contributed nearly twenty articles and hundreds of new music reviews to the Instrumentalist magazine, School Band and Orchestra magazine, and DCI Today, as well as articles to five volumes of the Teaching Music Through Performance series as well as Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz.

    Dr. Bough is an active conductor, arranger, composer, clinician, and adjudicator for concert band, marching band, and brass band, with dozens of appearances per year to his credit across the United States. His music is published by Alfred Publications, Cimarron Music and GPG Publications. He has served as a frequent masterclass clinician and/or conductor for the Music For All Summer Symposium and the Music For All National Concert Band Festival for over fifteen years. He has presented masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music, the Crane School of Music, Arizona State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Toledo, and UNC-Greensboro, among many others. Bough has presented twice at the Midwest Clinic and twice at the U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference, as well as the International Society for Music Education Conference in Beijing, China, four MENC multi-state regional conventions, and Music Educators Association State Conventions in Illinois, Arizona, Iowa, Tennessee, Alaska, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas, North Carolina, Indiana, New Jersey, New Mexico and the Texas Bandmasters Association.

    In May of 2014, his first compact disc was released, entitled, Concertos for Brass: The Music of Thomas Bough. This disc features three original concerti for solo brass instruments and wind band, as well as a transcription of the Concerto in Eb by Neruda. It is available on the Summit Records label at Since then, recent commissions have included “Poorest of the Poor: Music for Mother Teresa”, from the University of San Diego, “Fortress of Peace” from the Southwest Community Concert Band, and “Leviathan” from Hubble Middle School.

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    SKU CM3379
    Price 22.00
    Delivery PDF download, Shipped (printed)
    Composer Bough, Thomas
    Instrument French Horn
    Instrumentation Quartet
    Genre Contemporary
    Grade 4
    Duration 5
    Publisher Cimarron Music Press
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