Animal Rights (Theurer)

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Animal Rights (Theurer)

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Britton Theurer

Animal Rights for brass quintet and percussion

Just the sort of music we best love to promote - brass quintet stuff that goes outside the norm and shows the capabilities of brass instruments and their players when heard in a larger context. This sort of piece needs to be played and the players need to work it up. Not easy, but rewarding in equal measure. The excellent audio examples from the Meridian Arts Ensemble sells it very well - enjoy them and be inspired. (RRMcG)

Animal Rights was first composed at Interlochen, Michigan in 2003 as a brass quintet. In 2005 I added a percussion part for the Meridian Arts Ensemble. As the movement titles suggest, there is a hint of program throughout. Cock Crow is a wake-up call rooted in the motoric momentum of trains and fourths. Chicken Strut is a jazzy, angular response to the opening call. The scale is “octatonic” (half-step/whole-step) and the metric design shuffles expectations without mercy. The dancers in this movement have poor short-term memories, but actually seem to end up arriving where they intended.

If turtles could talk as the third movement’s title, Turtle Rap, suggests, I would imagine a tragic elegance reminiscent of the chordal slippage in Wagner’s Liebestod waxing into the intrepid funeral procession of Shostakovich’s first symphony. The final movement, Loon Calls, sustains a minimalist but rhythmically vibrant backdrop for calls and echoes, as well as a chant-like tribute in the low brass to the “old 100th.” Everything rounds off to a close with an accelerated return of the cock crowing. (Britton Theurer)  (BQ-99)

 

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