Ashes and Sparks (2013) tuba and percussionist

Tuba and Percussionist (2013)

Written for Mackenzie Edgley

The title, Ashes and Sparks, is taken from a line of "Ode to the West Wind" by Percy Bysshe Shelley. I found the text apt to describe the sharp, rhythmic, and percussive sections of this piece (the "sparks") contrasted with the amorphous and shimmering sections (the "ashes").

Performed at Florida State University, 4/24/14, by Mackenzie Edgley, tuba and Jamie Wind Whitmarsh, percussion; and at New Music on the Bayou, 6/3/17, by Drake Domingue, tuba and Brian Bass, percussion

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