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(Philadelphia) sky sketch : for two trios

by Chris Williams (2016)

Work Overview

Musical clouds configure and reconfirgure themselves. The sextet, divided into two trios, plays through specific musical material, but is allowed certain freedoms in rhythm and coordination. I imagine the rich monochrome space above a broad skyline, never the same, but always the same.

(Philadelphia) sky sketch was written for 'The Brass Project', a newly formed sextet from the Curtis Institute of Music, who invited thirty composers to contribute pieces to their inaugural performance and recording projects.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: The work is for two trios of instruments. It is scored, in this version, for 2 Bb trumpets, 2 trombones, horn and tuba, however, it can be adapted for any grouping of sustaining instruments, with appropriate ranges. 

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Medium — There are some ensemble challenges in this piece, arising from the rhythmic freedom of the scoring.

Commission note: Written for 'The Brass Project' with thanks to Nick DiBerardino

First performance: 8 May 16. Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Brass Project, USA

Performances of this work

8 May 16: Philadelphia Art Alliance, The Brass Project, USA

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