12 trombones (10 tenor trombones, 2 bass trombones); 2017; 6'30"
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Score (pdf) [NB: score is formatted to 11 x 14; to make the score,
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Premiered July 1st, 2017 at the International Trombone Festival in Redlands, CA with the ITA Cramer Choir, Per Brevig, conductor.
Foundry was written for the 2017
International Trombone Festival at the University of Redlands, and is
scored for twelve trombones (ten tenor trombones and two bass
trombones). When I began thinking about the piece and the
potential sounds, colors, and general sonic mayhem one could coax out
of twelve trombones, I was struck by the visual image of so many
trombones on the stage of Memorial Chapel here at the University of
Redlands. That image triggered an interest in playing around with
the spatial outlay of the work-- the performers are all very
specifically ordered on stage so that several different kinds of
spatial effects that have been composed into the piece can be realized.
Of course, brass instruments have a long history of interacting with physical space, from military signals to the Venetian polychoral repertoire, so using the ensemble in this way seemed a natural extension of tradition. A great deal of this work utilizes this idea of the movement of sound across the ensemble-- one can hear a number of moments in the work where the sound whips around the semi-circle in some direction and back again, sometimes two lines crossing one another, among other spatial and timbral effects. These effects, the colors from various mutes and extended techniques, and the mostly fast tempo create (at least for me) a sense of an almost mechanical, rigid beauty. That is something of where the title, Foundry, comes from-- a lot of metal on the stage, loud sounds, and intense, seldom unrelenting, driving enegry.
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