Brass Quartet in G Minor

Adele Woodmansee
Grade 12, North Country UHSAdeleWoodmansee3

“This is a brass quartet in G minor with two trumpets, horn, and trombone. It begins with a slower sustained section and then moves into a fast, playful section. It ends with a slightly more complex version of the first theme.”

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Brass Quartet in G Minor

The Journey

Rian Fried and John Gaston

Grade 8, Barnet SchoolRyanFriedJohnG

“Rian and I started a piece last year and enjoyed doing it so we decided to try again. I am a trombone player and Rian plays clarinet. We chose brass trio to feature my instrument and two instruments we are not familiar with. In our piece we are trying to represent a space mission. In the beginning of the piece they are entering the space ship. Then the countdown begins, afterward they take off. There is then a small celebration which is followed by free floating in space.”

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The Journey

 

Newen

Nik Hokaj

Grade 12, George Mason HSGMHS-1

“Newen is my first official composition. When I began composing this piece, I intended to structure it in the sonata allegro form and use traditional harmony which I feel I did for the most part. I play mostly classical piano pieces so this genre is of a particular interest to me. My biggest inspirations were Mozart’s piano sonatas which I modeled my piece after. I intended the A theme to be quick and lively and the B to be light and bouncy. The Development is supposed to be dramatic and intense (The midi track doesn’t do this justice).     The name Newen is an interesting combination of letters that does not relate at all to the song. It has absolutely no meaning and is simply an assortment of letters. I developed this title when I had to save the midi for the piece. The rest of my class gave named their pieces Untitled 1 but I decided to be different and called mine New. I decided New was a bland title and wrote it backwards after and that is the tale of how Newen got it’s name.”

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Newen

Red Sky at Night

Nathan Watts

Grade 12, Essex High SchoolNathan_watts_photo

‘”Red Sky at Night” is a barbershop piece about watching the sunset with the one you love, but the lyrics also represent accomplishment- the day the time when you work, so at night you can do what you love, be with whom you love. Watching the red sunset represents watching your last responsibilities be completed as the last clouds drift away, leaving you free to do what you want and heralding a cloudless day; a day free of responsibilities. When I was writing the lyrics, I focused on this metaphor, and also the contrast of blue and red.
This piece was inspired by how I felt when I was finishing my college applications, something I had been working on very hard for a long time. I knew that as soon as I finished them, I would have much more time to pursue my own interests.
I had a lot of fun writing this piece due to it’s lighthearted and theatrical tone, which was a new style for me.”

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Red Sky at Night

Bouncy Man

Oscar Felcan

Grade 8, Edmunds Middle SchoolOscarFelcan2

“My piece is for a brass quintet. It is meant to gradually add all the instruments in the first section then break into the main parts later. I feel that this piece is very bouncy and random so I named the piece, Bouncy Man. The piece skips around between melodies, all the while staying around the key note, C. I hope that it is enjoyable.”

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Bouncy Man

Persistence

Daelan Roosa

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Daelan with performer David Feurzeig at rehearsal.

“This piece, is, like the title suggests, an attempted description of Persistence. In the beginning, something hits you. It knocks you down, and rubs your face in the cement. But you have to get up. Slowly, you regain your confidence, and continue on your way. However, the troubles haven’t had their say. They rise again. This time, however, you stand firm, weathering the storm. As all storms must, it ends, and you, still standing, are stronger for it. For the first time, I wrote this piece entirely on the piano, instead of using the computer as my instrument. I hope you enjoy it.”

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Persistence