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Symphony No. 1: "the present...a promiscuous rush..."

I’m thrilled to share that my friend and colleague Josh Trentadue will be collaborating with me on an exciting project - the creation of a brand-new, large-scale work for wind band based on my chamber trio Symphony No. 1: "the present…a promiscuous rush…" which was originally composed in 2019.
The commission is being led by Dr. Matthew Arau and the Lawrence University Symphonic Band, who will premiere Josh’s arrangement of my piece in March 2025.

The arrangement will be approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length divided into four movements (as detailed below). The buy-in to join is $500 for collegiate & professional groups, and $250 for high schools, due by April 1, 2024. Consortium exclusivity will be granted from March 1, 2025-February 26, 2026. Finally, two of the four movements may be performed separately and can fulfill the terms of a consortium premiere for this work.

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About the Piece

Symphony No. 1: "the present...a promiscuous rush..." was originally composed in 2019 for the New York-based Oasi Trio (violin, bass clarinet, and piano) who had planned to premiere it in May 2020 before the initial days of the COVID-19 pandemic unfortunately cancelled their concert. The piece, which takes its title and inspiration from a quote from William Manchester's book "A World Lit Only by Fire,” is comprised of four movements:

I - "the significant"

II - "the trivial"

III - "the profound"

IV - "the fatuous”

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It’s a sweeping musical reflection on the simultaneous significance and insignificance of our human experiences in the broad context of history. As part of Josh's arrangement process, he'll be expanding on my work to tailor it to the symphonic band format.

About Josh Trentadue

Josh Trentadue (b. 1994; he/they) is a composer who explores within his work philosophical and spiritual views of humanity, nature, and life itself. Balancing electrifying, turbulent rhythms with dramatic, ethereal lyricism, they seek to provide immersive, engaging, and transformative experiences for performers and audiences everywhere.

Trentadue’s compositions and arrangements have been performed at The Midwest Clinic, the Cortona Sessions for New Music, the CBDNA Southern Conference, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Michigan Music Conference, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. A Finalist


for the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, their works have received awards and recognition from Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame, the Columbia Summer Winds Outdoor Composition Contest, the Dallas Winds Brass Fanfare Competition, the New York University Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble Calls for Scores, and the Michigan State University Jere Hutcheson Large Ensemble Composition Competition. Several of Trentadue’s arrangements are additionally JWPepper Editors’ Choice and Texas UIL PML selections.

Trentadue is the Executive Director of the Millennium Composers Initiative; the Production Editor for TUX People’s Music; a member of the Aurora Tapestry Collective with fellow composers Kevin Day, Harrison J. Collins, and Katahj Copley; and, a Music Copyist & Engraving Assistant for Tiberio Music Design & Publishing. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Composition, Screen Scoring from New York University (where they studied with John Kaefer, Irwin Fisch, and Ira Newborn), and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition from Michigan State University (where they studied composition with David Biedenbender and Jere Hutcheson, as well as screen scoring with Zhou Tian).

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