Supernova (brass quintet)

$15.00

Run time: approx. 5′. Despite its fairly generic beginning as an attempt to write a brass quintet for college-level musicians, Supernova turned into an exploration of functional harmony in a brass setting. Traditional brass techniques combine with fanfare, jazz, and ballad sections to produce a triumphant sound with a dark edge. (Perusal score available!)

Description

During my collegiate career, I’ve been fortunate to meet a number of highly talented musicians and collaborate on a variety of projects. This was one of the first, written during my freshman year for a brass quintet comprised entirely of my friends and classmates. It was a learning experience for all of us, as they were a newly-formed group and I was just starting to get my feet under me from a compositional standpoint.

Despite its fairly generic beginning as an attempt to write a brass quintet for college-level musicians, Supernova turned into an exploration of functional harmony in a brass setting. Traditional brass techniques combine with fanfare, jazz, and ballad sections to produce a triumphant sound with a dark edge. Drawing on the power, articulation, versatility, and nuance of the brass quintet creates a constantly shifting timbral experience. Supernova journeys through multiple different feels, eventually incorporating aspects of each in a tumultuous moment.

Run time: approx. 5′.

Supernova perusal (preview before you buy!)

Listen to Supernova as performed by Robert Lau Giambruno, Parker Nakamura, Nicole Sanchez, Ben Larson, and Adam Soper:

Past performances:

  • 10/13/2019, Allendale, MI
  • 4/28/2014: Katzin Concert Hall, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ (world premiere)

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