fanfare for double brass quintet
The word "loft" makes me think of hurling something into the air – and the energy of this work responds to that connotation – but it also makes me think of lofty ideals, the aristocracy of philosophy. Fanfares and aristocracy go hand in hand. "Loft" further connotes the thickness of a layer of down, a measurement of many particles supported by small pockets of air, like the many notes of this piece are supported by the air of the performers. Finally "Loft" was the name of one of my favorite beers. Now sadly abandoned, but formerly produced by the New Belgium Brewing Company, it was a summery, delightful drink, sparkling with energy and effervescence. While the beer, unlike the piece, had no connection to the octatonic scale, the two do share that effervescent quality.
Score and Recording
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