Ballistic Etude No. 1: A Frickin' Fanfare
Commissioned by the Verona Brass Ensemble
Ballistic Etude No. 1: (A Frickin’) Fanfare
materialized after The Verona Brass Ensemble (Gli Ottoni di Verona)
requested a pair of battaglie for an upcoming recording project.
The substance of the resulting battle pieces seemed so potent and so
unique in my output that I decided to pursue the same characteristics
in a series of Ballistic Etudes (Nos. 1, 2, 3) which now include Fits
and Fixations and Panic!
These compositions take as their starting point the descriptive
chansons of Jannequin (La guerre, for one) and the fanfares of Josquin
(Vive le roy) and Monteverdi (Orfeo). In the present instance I
also draw upon the hocket effects and three-voice texture typical of
the caccia, exaggerating the angularity and severity of the musical
surface as it strives towards an uplifting, even triumphant,
conclusion. The piece makes a perfect opener.
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