By David Sanford | For Brass Quintet and Percussion | 20′
Composer: David Sanford
Year Composed: 1996
Instrumentation: For Brass Quintet (Two trumpets, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba) and Percussion
Format: Full Score only, or Full Score + 6 Parts
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0314, OM0314P
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From the composer:
The initial ideas for Corpus were formed at the end of the composer’s 1995-96 Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts/Department of State. The commissioning of the work was funded by Chamber Music America with funds from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The work is structured in the manner of a Baroque cantata, with individual movements – some of them distorted and debased – referring to a single underlying chorale, stated most prominently in the fifth movement. In the more stylistically recognizable, repetitive drum figures of movements three, five and six, a beat pattern and dynamic markings are supplied for the percussionist who is free to embellish and extend relating riffs. Other than these instances, the entire piece is fully notated. It was commissioned by the Meridian Arts Ensemble, to whom it is dedicated.
Commission/Dedication: Commissioned for the Meridian Arts Ensemble by Chamber Music America with funds from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Premiere: First performed October 16, 1997, at SUNY Purchase, NY by the Meridian Arts Ensemble. The group has given numerous performances of the work in the years
since that time, including January 18, 2003 at the Chamber Music America Conference in New York, NY, at the Paul Fromm Concert at Tanglewood August 12, 2004, and at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society February 2, 2007.
Recording: It was recorded by the group on the album Brink [Channel Classics, CCS SA 23206] in 2006, available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, and Deezer.