Invocation (Turrin)

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Joseph Turrin

Joseph Turrin

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General Info

Year: 1992
Duration: c. 6:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


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Program Notes

Walt Whitman's poem Beat Beat Drums! is set to music in this grandiose work.

- Program Note from publisher

I composed Invocation in 1993 as part of a grant from the Wayne Township Public Schools and Meet the Composer's Education Program. I wanted to compose a work that would have some power and drive: something not too difficult to learn, but could easily open or close a concert program, leaving an air of excitement. I thought this text by Walt Whitman had the richness and power of what I was looking for. There is a sense of Americana here, but not the standard cliches one might expect.

The harmonic style is tonal in nature and most of the chords are built in thirds. The opening measures feature the percussion section. Military cadences with staccato percussion build to a most powerful climax. Then the woodwinds enter with a simple hymn like statement. At the Allegro Moderato there is a fanfare motive which brings us to the opening vocal statement. There is a feeling of military vigor here as the chorus urges us to what is to come.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem) Wind Ensemble (Mark Norman,conductor; Cantata Singers) - 8 November 2019

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