Composer: Nunes, Matthew
Instrumentation: Quartet Instruments: French Horn
Genre: Contemporary

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In three movenents, this is a great challenge for any college level Horn Quartet:

I. Alpha

II. Beta

III. Gamma

One afternoon while working my summer job at the Air Force Armament Museum in Eglin, Florida, I was asked to dust off some artifacts in display cases. On the last display on the first half of the building I was stopped by one of my co-workers. He pointed out that this final artifact, a navigation tool, was hazardous because of the radioactive radium paint. This was a fact I was briefed on weeks earlier but had slipped my mind.

“There are three types of radiation”, he explained, “Alpha, which is pretty calm; Beta, which is a little gnarly but still alright. Finally, with Gamma – you’re screwed!”

Radicals follows this same concept musically.  Alpha is simple and serene; the quartet bounces between major triads and slight rhythmic alterations. Beta hinges between cute and troublesome in a squirrely scherzo while Gamma goes off the deep end and is extremely treacherous.

Radicals was premiered on April 5th, 2014 by Josie Wisser, Emily Judd, John Apostolides, and Katie Rudzik at the University of Central Florida.


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    Matthew Nunes is a composer and euphonist aiming to improve the relationship between performer, composer, and audience. In 2017 he advanced to both the Northeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference's Mock Band Audition finals and the Leonard Falcone International Tuba-Euphonium Festival's Euphonium Artist semi-finals. Matthew was the 2012/2013 UCF Concerto Aria Competition Winner for Band – earning the distinction of being the first euphonium player to win since his former teacher Dr. Gail Robertson in over twenty years. Matthew was also one of seven euphonium players selected to Dr. Demondrae Thurman’s Workshop at the National Music Festival in 2013. He has performed with the Brass Band of Central Florida, Space Coast Wind Symphony, 2014 FMEA Intercollegiate Band, the National Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, as well as the UCF Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Orchestra. 

    Matthew is a published composer with two unaccompanied works for euphonium: Ashe and Dies Irave available from Cimarron Music Press as well as Flurry for flute quartet (or ensemble) available through Brixton Publications. In  2014 his band piece Second Strike won the Phi Mu Alpha Mu Eta Chapter Composition Competition and was premiered by the Space Coast Wind Symphony. In April of 2016 his Concerto for Euphonium and Wind Band was premiered by Dr. Gail Robertson and the Little Rock Wind Symphony. In January of 2017 he was selected as Runner-up in the Mid- America Freedom Band’s Call for Proposals. Matthew’s recent compositions are available for listening on his SoundCloud profile. 

    Matthew has taught as part of the band staff at Space Coast Junior/Senior High School in Brevard County, Florida until 2015 and has taught private composition and euphonium lessons. Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from UCF studying with composer Christopher Marshall. He earned his Masters in Euphonium Performance at Montclair State University studying with Derek Fenstermacher. His former teachers include Dr. Gail Robertson, Robin Sisk, and Tim Van Dam.

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    SKU CM3311
    Price 20.00
    Delivery PDF download, Shipped (printed)
    Composer Nunes, Matthew
    Instrument French Horn
    Instrumentation Quartet
    Genre Contemporary
    Grade 4
    Duration 5
    Publisher Cimarron Music Press
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