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Here We Rest

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Anthony Barfield

Anthony Barfield (adapted by composer)


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General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 8:05
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Trombone choir
Publisher: Anthony Barfield
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $275.00


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Program Notes

Adapted by the composer from his work for trombone choir, Here We Rest was dedicated to the state of Alabama in tribute to the victims of its April 2011 tornado outbreak. The title was the Alabama state motto during the Reconstruction Era.

The opening of the piece presents a series of three modally mixed chords in F that form the basis of the accompaniment of the primary theme, which is introduced by horn, bassoon, and tenor saxophone. A related melody, reminiscent of Copland, appears later in the woodwinds and trumpets. A second theme is presented by solos from horn and flute, accompanied by woodwinds on otherwise static A-flat major harmony and a descending chromatic line – a gesture that’s suggests a “lament” or, in popular music, a “line cliché” (similar to the opening of Stairway to Heaven).

A tutti restatement of the second theme ends without resolution in a developmental area. Here, earlier ideas are presented in unfamiliar harmonic settings; previous themes appear in unexpected keys and modes, and the opening chord series passes through ascending keys, skipping only the original F. The development concludes with a series of descending suspensions and resolutions before the opening themes return, first in the dorian mode a tritone away from the original (low brass), then elevated to A major (tutti). Clarinets and vibraphone mark the return of the opening chord series, now centered a half-step higher in F-sharp, and the piece ends without resolution, symbolizing the loss of the tornados’ 238 victims and the anguish of many more survivors.

- Program Note from University of Georgia Symphonic Band concert program, 13 April 2018


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