George Walker

Music for Brass (Sacred and Profane)

 

    Music for Brass, Sacred and Profane was commissioned by the Hans Kindler Foundation and received its premiere in Washington, D.C. in 1975.  The four sections of the work are, Invokation, Dance I, Chorale and Dance II.  The fanfare-like quality at the beginning of the Invokation is succeeded by a fugal section in which two themes are eventually combined before the reiteration of the opening section of the piece.  A pervasively rhythmic verve dominates the two Dances.  In Dance II, popular elements emerge (fragments of the song, "Once in A While") and are intertwined into the rhythmical fabric.   The Chorale, a setting of "Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier," treats the introductory material as a ritornello.

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