Sound and Fury
For trumpet, and piano or organ.
For violin, and piano or organ.
Sound and Fury(2004)
for trumpet and organ
Sound and Fury was composed for Marc Reese in early 2004, as a newly commissioned work for an upcoming recording project. The piece has gone through several metamorphoses (most notably in the name, which I’ll explain later), but the result was a piece meant not only to display Marc’s warm, resonant sound, but also to comment on his belief that a piece needs angst in it at some point!
It opens lyrically and very tonal, though a bit of harmonic discord quickly worms its way in. A constant, relentless figure in the pedals of the organ drives the “Fury” section, where an odd meter (5/2), tense harmonies, full voiced sonorities and high volume intent on creating “angst” are dominant. The trumpet re-enters in the midst of the noise on a soft “E”, because Marc told me that it was his favorite note, and this gives way to a reprise of the original lyrical theme.
The title “Sound and Fury” came as a result of many attempts at naming the piece. The first title was pretty bad: “All in a Day.” And honestly, I can’t remember if that was because I wrote the piece in one day (which I have done before) or if it was meant to describe happenings that could happen in the course of a 24 hour period. It doesn’t matter, because the title was scrapped, for obvious reasons. The 2nd title, was “Reese’s Piece,” which I thought was funny, but didn’t reflect the nature of the piece. Finally I settled on the title currently in use. It works for me, for now…