CELEBRATION

Composed: 1998
Commission: Washington and Lee University
Premiere: Washington and Lee University, 250th Anniversary Convocation, Institute Brass Quintet, September 9, 1998
Duration: 7:30 minutes
Instrumentation: Brass Quintet

 

PROGRAM NOTES

I.  The Colonade
II. Evening by the Chapel
III. Festival of Memories

The first movement is a fanfare and celebratory in nature employing occasional Renaissance characteristics. Evening by the Chapel is reminiscent of old hymns and chants (but in an almost improvisatory style) that might have drifted from the chapel windows on a summer’s evening. Festival of Memories, a fast moving maze in perpetual motion hides motives of the school’s fight song and alma mater.