Speaking Truth to Power

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Adam Silverman

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Subtitle: For Four Percussionists and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 9:50
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Adam Silverman Music Publications
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
Solo Percussion I-II-III-IV
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

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Program Notes

Adam Silverman's compositions are especially esteemed by percussionists and wind bands, with regular performances of his many of his works growing each year. His status in these communities made Silverman a natural choice to compose a percussion concerto for the West Chester University Wind Ensemble. Adam Silverman has provided the following note:

Speaking Truth to Power 2018 is designed as a contemporary response to Karel Husa's Music for Prague 1968, and was composed for a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Husa's work. Husa's landmark composition musically addresses themes of resistance against an invasion of Czechoslovakia which was a Soviet response to the nonviolent movement of "Prague Spring" that had loosened restrictions on the media and civil liberties. This new composition links Prague in 1968 to America in 2018, a place and time when media and civil liberties are again under threat from an administration that is trying to restrict them through discrediting facts, promoting government-serving centralized propaganda, and placing new burdens on the most vulnerable citizens. Speaking Truth to Power 2018 is a pondering of American nonviolent responses of the past two years — the Travel Ban protest, The Women's March, and March for Our Lives. In it, four percussion soloists rally the forces of a large ensemble to speak clearly with one voice: WHEN TRUTH PREVAILS LIBERTY WILL BE RESTORED.

Speaking Truth to Power 2018 was commissioned by the West Chester University Wind Ensemble and a consortium of universities. This piece received its premiere performance by the West Chester University Wind Ensemble, Andrew Yozviak, conductor, during the 2019 CBDNA National Conference in Tempe, Arizona.

- Program Note from West Chester University Wind Ensemble concert program, 21 February 2019


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