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Katahj Copley

Katahj Copley


General Info

Year:2020
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Katahj Copley Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Available December 2021


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass (optional)
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Tom-tom
  • Triangle

Voice (Solo) (optional)
Voice I/II (optional)
Violin I/II (optional)
Viola (optional)
Violoncello (optional)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was a killed when a police officer brutally placed his knee on his neck. This moment not only changed my life, but the world around us. For hundreds of years, the Black community has been hushed, pushed, and brutalized by systematic racism. We have had our voices taken away from us. This piece represents a voice for the voiceless. I wanted to show the five stages of grief, they are not in the order of the stages but better yet the stages of the Black community’s grief.

Denial: The piece seems to not want to start. It’s subtle and seems not wanting to start. Another death has come and it seems too unreal.

Depression: The theme begins to come in. The piece moves into a somber funeral march, a march for the fallen and unarmed.

Bargaining: The piece begins to sway back and forth between beauty and anger. Trying to find ways to get away from this pain.

Anger: The march reaches its crescendo with the voices of the voiceless finally fighting back. With anger and rage the piece goes into a violent scream.

Growth: As the rage strengthens the voices, instead of acceptance, we enter growth. The voices have become stronger than before and will continue to grow. The voices seek change and won’t stop until change has come.

- Program Note by composer


Unspoken was commissioned by a consortium of college and school ensembles including the Denison University Wind Ensemble.

- Program Note from Denison University Wind Ensemble concert program, 10 June 2021


Media

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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Kings County (N.Y.) Concert Band (Jasmine Britt, conductor) - 12 December 2021
  • Denison University (Granville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Chris David Westover-Muñoz, conductor) - 10 June 2021 *Premiere Performance*


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