My own weird hymn

Last week At dawn I chant my own weird hymn was awarded special distinction in the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Prize competition. I thought I would revisit the challenge of writing for an ensemble with marvelous sonic potential, but one that comes out of an institution with values that in some respects are in tension with my own. An anti-trumpet-concerto? Perhaps; It certainly casts a questioning glance on the tradition of the Romantic concerto, a tradition understood broadly as an expression of the heroic triumph of the individual over the collective. In my piece the soloist does not really compete for primacy with the ensemble but instead comments on it from afar. In this way, it expresses a certa