Posted By kerryturner on June 18, 2007
This coming Autumn, the horn sections of the Houston and Dallas Symphonies will combine forces for what will most likely be a spectacular CD. And they have commissioned me to compose a work for this worthy project. Their wish was to have a piece for 12 horns (and percussion) which reflects the flavor and culture of Texas. I guess that‘s why they thought of me.
After some consideration, I decided to write a three-movement work based on three different sculptures by the western artist Frederick Remington. If you are interested in what these fantastic sculptures look like, you can simply “google” his name and the name of each statue. Alternatively, you can visit the website of the Remington Museum (www.fredericremington.org). The ones I have chosen are:
1. Coming Thru the Rye
2. The End of the Trail (recent evidence has shown that this is actually by James Earle Fraser)
3. The Stampede
This morning I put on the finishing touches to “Coming Thru the Rye”. It was a blast to write and I look forward to diving into the next movement. Watch this space for news about this work!