Rise! (2019) - in progress
for brass quartet
Commissioned by First United Methodist Church of Melrose
Instrumentation: Bb trumpet, horn, trombone, bass trombone
First United Methodist Church of Melrose ::: April 2019 ::: Melrose, MA
A brief Easter fanfare, Rise! draws its themes and gestures from the popular hymn ‘Christ the Lord is Risen Today’. Beyond the motives and melodies, the form is inspired by key traits and words from each of the six verses of the hymn. These sections of various lengths and intensities provide an assortment of festive noodling complimented with a cohesive declaration of strength and persistence.
I’ve been really fortunate to work with the church on a previous commission for their 2018 Composition Initiative. If you’re interested, you can check out that piece, By the Water of Babylon, by clicking HERE.