Brumous Fantasies

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

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with Piano; The word "brumous" is used for describing gray, sunless, and overall depressing winter weather. The winter of 2015 was particularly brutal for me in multiple ways, leading to a prolonged state of depression. This piece became dedicated to the idea of escaping that depression through various fantasies. My fantasies and daydreams tend to arise rather spontaneously, often without any seeming connection to my previous thoughts. I tried to recreate this spontaneous (or erratic) nature in the music. A series of three fantasies unfolds from a stark, wintry atmosphere represented by three chords in the upper octaves of the piano. These chords return again at the end of the piece, this time resolved with an additional major chord, a kind of hopefulness gained from the fantasies.
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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 CM2592
    Price 18.00
    Delivery PDF download, Shipped (printed)
    Composer McMillan, Benjamin
    Instrument Piano, Tuba
    Instrumentation Solo and Piano
    Genre Contemporary
    Grade 4
    Publisher Cimarron Music Press
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