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Instrumentation: Duet Instruments: Euphonium, Tuba
“You can’t fight the desert...you have to ride with it.” – Louis L’Amour
I’ve always been fascinated by deserts; the stark, almost alien landscapes, the extremely diverse and efficient ecosystems, the mystic, spiritual effect of being in the vast expanses of silent nature. Recently I travelled from the Pacific Northwest into the deserts of Nevada and Utah. While neither are the typical Hollywood deserts of endless sand dunes, they hold their own magic. Mirages are a part of that magic. I watched them rise and fall as I drove by, imagination blending with the illusions to create hidden cities. As with many of my works, I didn’t start out with a concrete concept, but as the scales and modes started to come through, desert imagery continually flowed through my mind’s eye.
The piece consists of three sections, each fading and evaporating like mirages. Stylistically there are heavy elements of rock and jazz, as well as the percussion flavors of the Middle East, India, and Central America.
I’d also like to thank everyone who contributed to the creation of this piece. You all help make it possible for composers to keep creating new music!
Frank Meredith, Pat Stuckemeyer, Dan Davis, David Saltzman, Jesse Orth, Fernando Zuniga, SFA ITEA Chapter, Northern Lights DUO, Gail Robertson, Justin Gorodetzky, Richard Perry, William Hess, Scott Sutherland, Will GrayBeach, Joshua Hauser, Adam Frey, Erik Lundquist, Seth FletcherLearn More
Instrumentation: Solo and Piano Instruments: Piano, Trumpet
with Piano; 3 movements; Cornet, Flugelhorn and Piccolo preferred
One of Mahler's favorite books was collection of German folk poetry entitle Das Knaben Wunderhorn. He set a number of these poems to music for solo voice and piano, which he later scored for orchestra. Inspired by these poems, he wrote his own poetry which formed the lyrics of "Songs of a Wayfarer", which he also set to music. These two song cycles have become some of his most beloved compositions, and among his most frequently performed works. This setting for trumpet and piano, soon to be scored for trumpet and band, captures the whimsical nature of German folk song, although the themes are original by Mahler. The composer later incorporated some of these melodies into his orchestral works. At the request of Dr. Mark Ponzo, my colleague from Northern Illinois University, I selected three leider from these two song cycles to be scored for trumpet. As I reflected upon the beautiful melodies, I was inspired to utilize both the lyrical and technical nature of the trumpet to convey Mahler's ideas, while expanding upon them as well.
I. Ging Heut Morgen Übers Feld
(Went This Morning Over the Field)
from "Songs of the Wayfarer"
II. Die Zwei Blauen Augen
(The Two Blue Eyes of My Darling)
from "Songs of the Wayfarer"
III. Wer Hat Dies Liedel Erdacht
(Up there on the Hill)
from "Des Knaben Wunderhorn"
Recording is of the Trumpet and Concert Band versionLearn More