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ardent life
Date Completed:February 4, 2007
Duration:about 10 minutes
Instrumentation:solo trumpet (either in b-flat or c); piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets* (parts available in either B flat or C), 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, 2 percussionists: glockenspiel,vibraphone, strings
First Performance:Thursday, March 1, 2007 by Andrew Levin, solo trumpet with the University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the composer
Comments:to and for Andrew Levin; a version also exists for trumpet and piano composed between august 3 - december 31, 2006 orchestration completed february 4, 2007 pittsburgh - akron
Program Notes:Iíve had an unusually good time writing ardent life for its first soloist, Andrew Levin. He provided me with some good ideas of what he would like in a work for trumpet and orchestra (it also exists in a version for trumpet and piano) and the piece materialized directly from his just desires. I developed a series of harmonies which cycles through the core of the work, generated all the material from what you hear first as the bass line in the opening, and have also tried to provide something pleasurable for each member of the orchestra. It is inscribed to and for Andrew Levin, and was commissioned by the Atlantic Chapter of the Music Library Association for the Associationís 76th annual meeting in Pittsburgh, March 1 - 4, 2007.