SHINKANSEN (Bullet Train)
The bullet train races through various musical landscapes
Jointly commissioned by the Ohio Music Teachers Association and Music Teachers National Association in 2019 as part of the MTNA Composer Commissioning Program.
The title suggests a metaphor of a fast train moving through landscapes of various musical styles: from a John Adams-ish minimalism, to a “pop” idiom melody/accompaniment, to jazz elements of an “improvisation” (written out) over “boogie” type bass, to syncopated triadic juxtapositions found in mid-20th century concert band music, to contrapuntal canon. The challenge was to maintain compositional unity while flowing through these disparate styles.
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Not available until after the OhioMTA premiere October 25, 2019