Opus 1541

Radiant Revolutions (2024)

for Organ, Brass Quintet, and Timpani

Duration: 10 min.

Dedication: for Thomas Sheehan and The U.S. Army Brass Quintet

Commission: Commissioned by Washington National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.)

Publisher: Zimbel Press/Subito Music Corp. (forthcoming July 2024)

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Radiant Revolutions (2024) for organ, brass quintet, and timpani was commissioned by Washington National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.). It was premiered in concert on July 4, 2024 by Thomas Sheehan, Cathedral Organist and The U.S. Army Brass Quintet (from The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”).

While the intent was to write a musical work suitable for any time of year, the date of the premiere (the United States of America’s Independence Day) impacted the initial thinking.

Thus the overall concept and title came from a contemplation of the notion of “revolution”—firstly in the more abstract sense of social, political, and spiritual revolutions. Secondly, this sense of revolution is extended to the literal, with musical ideas in revolving textures. “Radiant” is explored both in the sense of a shining brightness, but also as energy pulsing outward from the inside.