Nomadic Dances

Composer: McMillan, Benjamin
Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Piano, Tuba

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with Piano; Harmonically, this was a gateway composition for me that expanded my horizons in terms of learning to work more with dissonance and finding what I like to hear. I can't tell you what mode or modes it's in—I frankly don't care. The harmonic language developed slowly and was guided by ear into its final form. The minor 2nd motion, initially between F and G-flat, and the tritone down to C served as the major reference points for the harmonic language.

The title is probably fairly self-explanatory. I haven't been a stranger to the use of multi-meter in my writing, but this one really takes the cake for the sheer amount of meter changes. Where I had used the term "kaleidoscopic" before to describe constantly-shifting meter, this time I went with nomadic—always on the move. This applies as much to the rhythm as it does the changing meters and key centers.

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    BEN MCMILLAN (b. 1984) holds a degree in music composition from Tennessee Tech University. His music has been performed internationally by leading artists, including Steven Mead, Sergio Carolino, Spanish Brass, Eufonix Quartet, North Texas Euphonium Quartet, and the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble. He has had performances at major music venues and conferences including the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference and regional conferences, the Tennessee Music Educators Conference, the US Army Band Tuba/Euphonium Workshop, and Carnegie Hall. He currently resides in northern California.

    As a former euphoniumist, Ben was principle soloist with the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble on numerous tours and performances, and recorded several albums with the group. While living in the Midwest, Ben performed on baritone and tenor horn with the award-winning Fountain City Brass Band, based in Kansas City.

    Ben studied composition with professors Dr. Greg Danner and James Barnes.

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    SKU CM2559
    Price 22.00
    Composer McMillan, Benjamin
    Instrument Piano, Tuba
    Instrumentation Solo and Piano
    Publisher Cimarron Music Press
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