Explosions of Joy

Dedicated to the New York Philharmonic for their “School Day Concert” for High School Students, May 1, 2008


Program Notes:

A concert work written for the New York Philharmonic. The “explosions of joy” was an abstraction of fireworks that I would watch as a child growing up. The grand fanfares and explosive percussion section depict the amazing power and awe of the colorful fiery explosions in the sky.

Instrumentation:

Orchestra: Piccolo, 3 Flutes (3rd doubling Alto Flute), 3 Oboes, English Horn, 3 Clarinets, Bass Clarinet, 3 Bassoons, Contrabassoon, 4 Horns, 3 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, Tuba, 2 Percussion, Piano, Harp, Strings

Performed By:

New York Philharmonic:¬†“School Day Concert” for High School Students, May 1, 2008

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