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James Stephenson

James Stephenson

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Subtitle: For French Horn, Tuba and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2014 / 2017
Duration: c. 13:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stephenson Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. – 3:45
2. – 6:03
3. – 4:05


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Program Notes

Regarding Vast and Curious, originally written for solo tuba, horn and piano, Stephensen says, "Vast and Curious is a result of an international micro-commission including talented musicians who are also wonderful people. I put out an announcement that I’d love to write a trio for horn, tuba and piano, and within a very short amount of time, a list was realized, all of whom supported the project enthusiastically. The work is in three movements. The title is of course a pun on “Fast and “Furious”, which also musically inspires the piece.

In mine, the “curious” part is mostly exemplified in the first movement, where I took on the most unique challenge of scoring the entire thing in unison (with displaced octaves) for all three players. An energetic line worms its way throughout, providing a performance challenge I hope to be both be exhilarating and worthwhile. The “vast” is represented by the tuba, of course, but also in the 2nd movement I scored with a wide-open sensibility, representing Gail Williams’ (premiering horn player) love for the mountains. I also desired to provide some space between the outer two frenetic movements. The last movement is mainly a romp to the finish with fun melodies and galloping rhythms.

The wind ensemble version was commissioned by the State University of New York at Fredonia; Paula Holcomb, Director of Bands. The SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble’s premiere and recording of Vast and Curious is made possible through the Sorel Medallion in Recording Grant.

- Program Note from State University of New York at Fredonia Wind Ensemble concert program, 22 April 2017

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  • State University of New York at Fredonia Wind Ensemble (Paula Holcomb, conductor; Gail Williams, horn; Dan Perantoni, tuba) – 22 April 2017

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