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Composite Image of Scores signed by composers and performers

This item is a composite image of the three pieces premiered on August 24, 2017 at Kirkwood Community College. This 11×17 poster will be signed by the composers of the premiered pieces as well as the members of the ensemble.

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Signed Score

You are bidding on a copy of “Twister” signed by the composer, Lisa Neher. This piece was commissioned by the Durward Ensemble and premiered on August 24, 2017 at Kirkwood Community College, Ballantyne Auditorium.

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Composer’s notes: This piece was commissioned by Durward ensemble of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and its writing marks the end of my eighth year living in the Midwest. In light of these facts, I wanted to write something in celebration of the natural world of the American heartland. I was inspired by the raw power and terrifying beauty of tornadoes. “Twister” delves into the tornado as a shadowy force to be reckoned with, a display of the awesome might and supremacy of nature. The piece opens with a variety of sound effect noises that evoke gathering winds, hail, and thunder. At other moments, boisterous, asymmetrical melodies represent the strength of the tornado while flurries of activity evoke frenzied winds. These build to cacophonous clusters of chords that represent the raging storm and the sound of emergency sirens. The uproar cuts out abruptly in the middle of the piece, as if the listener is protected for a moment in the eye of the storm, but not for long…

Signed Score

You are bidding on a copy of “For My Mother” signed by the composer, Laura Schwartz. This piece was commissioned by the Durward Ensemble and premiered on August 24, 2017 at Kirkwood Community College, Ballantyne Auditorium.

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Composer’s notes: For My Mother is dedicated to my mother Susan Boiko a breast cancer survivor. She lived through the start of me and my twin’s brass playing careers where when playing on the French horn we sounded like a couple of dying elephants. If the elephant sounds weren’t enough, when my mother was driving us to school we would take out our mouthpieces and surreptitiously buzz on them until she noticed and told us to stop. These two sounds, the soft buzz of a mouthpiece secretly played in the backseat and the bombastic enthusiastic brashness of twin middle school brass players, are the foundation of this piece. Mom, Thank you. Please enjoy this rendition of sounds you never thought you’d hear again, because you got us French horn lessons a week in to picking the instrument.

Signed score

You are bidding on a copy of “Tutta Forza” signed by the composer, Martha C. Horst. This piece was commissioned by the Durward Ensemble and premiered on August 24, 2017 at Kirkwood Community College, Ballantyne Auditorium.

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Composer’s notes: Tutta Forza was written for the Durward Ensemble by Martha Horst. It is roughly in ABA’ form. The work was inspired by the quote below that went viral on social media shortly after the 2017 election of President Donald Trump. The quote was attributed to celebrities such as Michael Moore and Madonna; the actual author is now thought to be Ms. Aimee Van Ausdall:
This morning I have been pondering a nearly forgotten lesson I learned in high school music. Sometimes in band or choir, music requires players or singers to hold a note longer than they actually can hold a note. In those cases, we were taught to mindfully stagger when we took a breath so the sound appeared uninterrupted. Everyone got to breathe, and the music stayed strong and vibrant. Yesterday, I read an article that suggested the administration’s litany of bad executive orders (more expected on LGBTQ next week) is a way of giving us “protest fatigue” – we will literally lose our will to continue the fight in the face of the onslaught of negative action. Let’s remember MUSIC. Take a breath. The rest of the chorus will sing. The rest of the band will play. Rejoin so others can breathe. Together, we can sustain a very long, beautiful song for a very, very long time. You don’t have to do it all, but you must add your voice to the song. With special love to all the musicians and music teachers in my life.
Textures in this piece are directly inspired by this quote and by the meaning of tutta forza, which means “full force” or “to play as loudly as possible” in Italian. – MCH

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