Audacity of Hope, The

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Christopher Marshall

Christopher Marshall

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General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Vaia'ata Print
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This celebratory overture was commissioned by the Northern Virginia Community College in honour of Dr. Robert Petrella, founder and director of the Alexandria Band, 1977-2007. It was inspired by the words of Barack Obama and composed in the run-up to his victory in the 2008 presidential election.

The music is built around two strongly contrasted themes. The first could be described as moody and intense. It first appears in the form of a fugato by the four saxophones. The second theme gradually emerges throughout the piece, finally being heard in its entirety as a trumpet solo in the closing minutes. I would characterize it as joyful but also assertive. All the remaining material, including the up-surging opening figure in the clarinets, is derived from one or both of these themes. For much of the piece they are treated in a polarized manner – with highly contrasted registers and textures. As they move closer together it becomes clear that they are the two sides of the same coin.

Robert Petrella himself directed a very expressive and warmly received premiere performance on December 5, 2008, in the impressive auditorium of the Northern Virginia Community College.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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