Trip Hammer

Orchestra, 2002

Duration: 8 minutes

2 Flutes
2 Oboes
English Horn
2 Bb Clarinets
Bass Clarinet
2 Bassoons
4 Horns in F
3 Trumpets in C
2 Trombones
Bass Trombone
3 Percussion

Program notes:
A simple musical figure triggers several contrasting ideas, from the idyllic to the brutal. These ideas are jumbled and juxtaposed throughout the work, sometimes smoothly, sometimes violently, united by a single tempo as well as their common source. As each idea develops somewhat independently, the result is a multiple narrative around a central theme. The title reflects a feature of the medieval waterwheel where simple cams on the driveshaft would trip a hammer, or series of hammers, for a wide variety of industrial uses, from production of clothing to weapons of war.

Winner, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Fresh Ink 2002 Composers Competition

Recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Vit Micka, conductor. MMC Records, MMC2162 (2007).


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