work details

How solemn, as by one

  • Instrumentation: singing narrator (medium voice) and double trombone choir (4 ten/1 bs per choir)
  • Completed: November 2006
  • Duration: 9 minutes
  • Texts: Walt Whitman (1819-1892), "How solemn, as one by one" from Leaves of Grass
  • Audio:
    • How Solemn, as one by one

      Ithaca College Trombone Troupe

      Lloyd Dugger narrator, and Erik Kibelsbeck, conductor.

  • Prize:

    Winner of the Allen E. Ostrander Memorial Trombone Composition Prize - 2007

  • Program Note:

    How solemn, as one by one was written for and was first prize winner of the Allen E. Ostrander Memorial Trombone Composition Prize. The work is dedicated to those persons whose souls have been needlessly sacrificed in War.

    I was drawn to write this work by Walt Whitman's powerful and evocative text. He treats visions of soldiers dying, stabbed and bleeding with a quiet reverance and an almost wounded beauty. The silhouettes of these unnamed men haunt the pages of the score, always reminding us that our conflicts pay a very real human price in suffering and death. This work attempts to pay homage to those persons by providing time, space, and sound as a reflection on the worth of the soul.

  • Performances:
    • April 1, 2007 (Premiere)
      Frühling Posaunen
      Ithaca College Trombone Troupe
      Lloyd Dugger, narrator; Erik Kibelsbeck, conductor 
      Penn State University - University Park, PA
    • April 2, 2007 
      Elmira College Concert Series
      Ithaca College Trombone Troupe
      Lloyd Dugger, narrator; Erik Kibelsbeck, conductor
      Elmira College - Elmira, NY
    • November 1, 2012
      Indiana University Trombone Choir
      Carl Lenthe, director
      Indiana University - Auer Hall - Bloomington, IN