Breaking News about “Breaking News”

Breaking News has been awarded Honorable Mention as a Finalist in The American Prize in Composition, 2017-18, in band/wind ensemble divisions.

Breaking News

for wind ensemble (2017)

(duration ca. 18 minutes)

Composed for Andrew Trachsel and the Ohio University Wind Symphony for their Carnegie Hall performance on February 27, 2017, to commemorate the centennial of the School of Music.

program note:

Breaking News is my idiosyncratic reflection on our modern era of media fragmentation, citizen journalism, and crowd-sourced news; on the jarring, interrupting effect of headlines from all over the world intruding on our lives as we exercise our unalienable right to the pursuit of happiness; and on prominent rhythms and themes that have emerged from several big news stories of the past few years. Sometimes the connection is obvious, sometimes more oblique, and sometimes downright obscure, including rhythms derived from Morse code.



(48 pages; formatted for 11x17 page size)



(mp3 of premiere recording)

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