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Mark Camphouse

Mark Camphouse

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General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Resolutions commemorates the 275th anniversary of Fairfax County, Va., and celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. The music was commissioned by the orchestra at the request of Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova.

"The beginning is very brooding. It could be George Mason thinking about the concept of slavery,” said Camphouse. “It ends with a great deal of optimism, reflecting what I think is the future of the region.”

The title Resolutions has a double meaning, the composer said: Musical resolutions, in which harmonic dissonance resolves to consonance; and political resolutions, particularly, the “fundamental American principles of human freedom” found in Mason’s Fairfax Resolves. The 24-point document, a precursor to Mason’s Virginia Declaration of Rights, was introduced to the House of Burgesses by George Washington in 1774.

Camphouse took four months to write Resolutions, in addition to researching the past of history-rich Fairfax County. Camphouse, who has a large framed photo of Mount Rushmore over his desk at Mason’s School of Music, said he loves digging into American historical topics.

Those listening for tried-and-true themes from popular music from the past will have to listen closely. Camphouse said there are only two quick scene-setting snippets from previous compositions, including William Billings’ 1770 popular Revolutionary War hymn Chester, and an 1862 Civil War-era George Frederick Root composition, Battle Cry of Freedom, also known as Rally ‘Round the Flag.

- Program Note by Buzz McClain


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