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DASH

Date: 2011
Duration: 3.5 minutes
Instrumentation: brass quintet
Premiere: April 16, 2011. Boston Brass. Dordt College (Sioux Center, IA).
Notes: Part of Boston Brass’s "Fanfares!" project.


Dash for brass quintet opens with a minimalistic unfolding of a single sonority. After the higher instruments in the ensemble enter on a single pitch, F, in staggered fashion, more and more new notes gradually emerge in a wedge like fashion, with the tuba entering last to provide an ever deepening bass support. After the opening reaches full blossom, new textures, sonorities and melodies emerge, with each new section being driven by the rhythmic vitality that distinguishes the fanfare. The piece closes in much the same way it began, but this time in reverse order–the tuba begins with low pedal tones on which the rest of the ensemble builds to a final cadence.

Dash was written for the Boston Brass as a part of their "Fanfares!" Project commemorating the ensemble’s 25th anniversary.


Performances

—April 16, 2011: Boston Brass, part of the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISO) concert season (Sioux Center, IA)