Chanted Rituals for trumpet/flugelhorn and percussion (2002), 14 minutes
Premiere: April 28, 2002, by The Modern Trio (Members of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra), Lausanne, Switzerland; Commissioned by The Modern Trio.
Chanted Rituals is in three movements, played without pause. The essence of this piece relates to the act of chanting, whether in a dance, a prayer, or a chase. The trumpet in this work is the central instrument to deliver each chant, and the percussion provides rhythmic and melodic support for it. The first movement, “Dance,” is inspired by jazz and rock. The second movement, “Prayer,” uses Flugelhorn as the basis for stating the melody and is inspired by chants heard in Buddhist temples. The last movement, “Chase,” drives the work to a fast and energetic close through use of constant repeated notes and changing meters.
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