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Midnight Steam Trumpets

2.1.2.2/2.2.1.1/3/strings / 6 minutes

In Fall, 2010, the composition department at Westminster Choir College held an open call for scores to be performed by the Westminster Community Orchestra. While living in a rural community in New Jersey during the 2010-2011 semester, I would often hear trains in the distance which seemed to resonate across the landscape and produce peculiarly beautiful sonorities with their whistles. Motoric polyrhythms combined with extended harmonies and textures dominate this John-Adamsian work, which depicts the approach of a train in the night.

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