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.