Encomium (Stamp)

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General Info

Year: 2022
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unpublished
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Encomium was written in 2022 in loving memory and tribute to Jeff Jordan, who served as director of bands at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, who died of cancer. Jeff was also a composer, and Jack was asked to compose a piece for him, and Jeff was able to see this piece before he passed away.

Encomium (which means “a speech or writing praising someone highly”) is a primarily atonal piece based on a 12-tone row of these notes: C – Eb – F – A – Db – E – G – B – Bb – Ab – D – Gb. This tone row is stated at the beginning of the piece by the brass sections. For composer creativity, this tone row can then be varied in many different presentations based from this first Prime (Original) row, such as in Inversion, Retrograde, Retrograde Inversion and all of its multiple gradations, which can be 12 different versions. The form of Encomium is a double binary (A-B-A 1 -B 1 ), of which the A sections are atonal, and the slower, lyrical B sections are tonal, giving the piece a more beautiful side occasionally. The ending section (B 1 ) presents a short duet between horn and vibraphone which represents Jeff and Jack performing together on their primary instruments, respectively.

- Program Note from East Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble concert program, 2 March 2023


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State Ratings

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  • East Tennessee State University (Johnson City) Wind Ensemble (Christian Zembower, conductor) - 2 March 2023

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