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Classical • 2020


48.00 USD

Seller Joseph Hasper
PDF, 2.88 Mb ID: SM-000512936 Upload date: 05 Sep 2020
Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Oboe, Euphonium, Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Snare drum, Gong, Triangle, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Cymbals, Tambourine, Bongos, Bass drum, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Mark tree
Scored for
Wind ensemble
Type of score
Full score, Parts
Joseph Hasper
An in-the-moment snapshot of the impact of the corona virus pandemic on wind bands in 2020 by American composer Joseph Hasper. This piece about the the uncertainty, fear, disruption, pain and grief that all of us have gone through during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Scored for wind ensemble. 6'00" duration. Includes a full score and set of parts.

This piece was commissioned by a consortium of the following generous sponsors:
• Benjamin Barker, Director of Bands at Enumclaw HS, Enumclaw, WA • Adam Campagna, W.F. West HS Band Director, Chehalis, WA • Dave Eater, Levittown, PA • James Robinson, Virginia Beach, VA • Cynthia Grabke, GR Austin Intermediate School, Braintree MA • Janessa Hasper,Cheyenne, WY • Lynda Hasper, Lititz, PA • Rich Kuntzelman, Director of Bands at White River High School, Buckly, WA • Greg Peterson, Artistic Director at Tunesmith Solutions, Melbourne, AU • Lauren Schneider, Ligonier, PA • Mary Jean Tasillo, Pittsburgh, PA • Michael Walker, Conductor, Keansburg NJ

When I began gathering ideas for this piece, in March 2020, I thought (as many did) that as unprecedented and traumatic as the pandemic was that is would soon be over. SURELY, I thought, by fall this would be a Significant Moment that was behind us. As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, we are not over the pandemic. If anything, we are still squarely in the middle of it.
Though the motions and routines of life go on, things are clearly not back to "business as usual." Masks are mandatory at many schools, while other colleges and high schools have opted to go entirely online. The number of new cases of Covid-19 being reported is currently going down every day, but the numbers are still staggering.

As a result of how long this pandemic is lasting, instead of being an after-the-fact remembrance this piece is becoming an in-the-moment snapshot of what 2020 is like for us: school and professional musicians, music educators and band directors, parents and audiences. No piece of music is a solution. But music MEANS something, and gives meaning to our lives; I hope that this music will help frame these experiences of 2020 in a way that shows how tenacious we can be, and offer hope for a brighter future.
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