Radix Tyrannis

CONCERTO FOR TROMBONE AND WIND ENSEMBLE

2017

2 fl (picc dbl), 2 ob, 2 Bb cl, Bb bass cl, 2 bsns / ATB saxes /
Solo Trombone /
3 horns, 2 C trumpets, 2 tbns, tba / piano / 2 perc

Commissioned by American Chamber Winds with Joseph Alessi

recording not yet available



program note:

Radix Tyrannis 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. Radix Tyrannis 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.

purchase materials:

This work is under exclusivity and will be available for purchase in January 2018 for performance no earlier than March 2018.