Burning River (2019)
(Approximate Duration | 5' 45’’)
Burning River is a new work for trumpet ensemble for six B♭ trumpets and a flugelhorn. The piece explores the textural possibilities of a fairly new and unique ensemble instrumentation. Being a North East Ohio native, the Cuyahoga River has always been a point of interest for the composer. Most notably, the river caught on fire in 1969 spurring a drastic effort to improve the quality of the stream. The opening and closing are bookended by solo in first trumpet. This serves as a storyteller recalling the event and the beauty of what was and the restoration of the river. Throughout, the audience will experience a labyrinth of textures with cascading arpeggiations suggesting the sparkling grandeur of the glistening water to a panicked rhythmic motive passed resembling the crackling and powerful fire burning through the environment. Eventually the ensemble comes together, beckoning the return of the river’s restored beauty.
Burning River for Trumpet Septet (Digital Copy)
Score and Parts
Composer should be made aware of any and all performances of this work.