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Joan Tower

Publisher: AMP

Copperwave (2006)
Commissioned by The Juilliard School on the occasion of its 100th anniversary with the generous support of Francis Goelet
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Brass Quintet
Year Composed
12 Minutes

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Programme Note
Joan Tower Copperwave (2006)
4 May 2006
American Brass Quintet
The Juilliard School
New York, NY

Composer note:
Copperwave (2006) was commissioned for the American Brass Quintet by the Juilliard School for its centennial celebration. This commission was supported by the Trust of Francis Goelet.

The work is dedicated with great admiration to the distinguished American Brass Quintet

My father was a geologist and mining engineer and I grew up loving everything to do with minerals and rocks. Copper is a heavy but flexible mineral that is used for many different purposes and most brass instruments are made of copper. The ideas in this piece move in waves, sometimes heavy ones and at other times lighter — also in circles, turning around on the same notes. Occasionally, there is a latin type of rhythm that appears, which is a reminder of my years growing up in South America where my father was working as a mining engineer.

— Joan Tower

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    American Brass Quintet
Copperwave (2006)...explores muted effects and juxtapositions of muscularity and delicacy, with passing hints of jazz
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times,09/05/2011
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