Bismuth offers a musical analogy for the crystallization of creative ideas. Echoing the tessellating, iridescent nature of its metallic namesake, Bismuth leverages the wide variety of expressive possibilities available to the solo trumpet. Expanded through the use of mutes, melodic fragments suggest the bright, colorful forms assumed by crystalizing ideas. Throughout the soliloquy, they shift and morph, often changing abruptly in an intuitive progression, imitating the unfolding thought processes of an introspective mind.
8.5 minutes | Solo C Trumpet, Unaccompanied | 2018
Commissioned: Alan Siebert, Professor of Trumpet, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; and Aaron Boyle, Trumpet
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