MOVEMENT I - Sands of Time, Ra-the Sun God and Apophis-the Serpent
This is a movement from a 13 minute work for 20 trumpets, piano and percussion. This piece was commissioned by Kevin Eisensmith of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania who wanted to add a work, substantial in length, to the repertoire of the trumpet ensemble. The resulting piece demonstrates the various colours available to the trumpet ensemble. Extensive use of mutes and 5 flugel horns helps to add variety to the timbre. The piece is based on the Egyptian story of Ra, the Sun God, one of the most important characters in their mythology.
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