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Come to the Edge

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Neal Corwell

Neal Corwell

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This work bears the designation Opus 63.

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neal Corwell
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Come to the Edge is a work for euphonium soloist with orchestra that draws its title from a poem by Christopher Logue, a British poet that lived from 1926 to 2011. The poem is as follows:

Come to the edge.
We might fall.
Come to the edge.
It’s too high!
and they came,
and we pushed,
and they flew.

The music features the interplay of two ideas presented by the soloist at the outset of the piece. The first is a quiet lyrical theme that begins with an upward soaring melodic line. This is contrasted with a rapid, vigorous, and aggressive chromatic sextuplet pattern, which propels the music forward, and is presented in many forms and guises throughout the work. The ensemble provides a varying background in support of the soloist that is sometimes lush and full, and sometimes spartan. Most notable are sections where slow rising lines are layered upon one another to create a clear and dramatic “ascension” effect. The listener will find that the piece always seems to be building, moving forward toward the next high point which, once reached, serves as a gateway to the next contrasting, and still building, section.

- Program Note from publisher


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State Ratings

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  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor; Neal Corwell, euphonium) – 8 March 2016 – *Premiere Performance*

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