is a concerto for trombone and wind ensemble in one movement. The title, meaning "the root of tyrants" refers to an often cited excerpt from Plato's Republic: "The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness.... This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector."
I composed the work thinking of ways the soloist might be cast in the archetype of a tyrant, how the ensemble (the people) would lift him into his position, and how the power of the soloist/tyrant might be used and abused in a purely musical setting. The piece culminates in my attempt at composing-out a coup d'état between the soloist and wind ensemble, ultimately leaving the tyrant (soloist) stripped of his power (virtuosity) and in a position of vulnerability.
was commissioned by American Chamber Winds and trombonist Joseph Alessi at the request conductor David Waybright, who I must thank profusely for supporting my music.
This piece was also made possible by a faculty research grant from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia.
This work is under exclusivity and will be available for purchase in January 2018 for performance no earlier than March 2018.