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