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CFP 2020: Leo MAJOR - Gray dunes

Watch & Listen

When the pandemic hit, the Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellows changed course from writing large chamber music projects to writing solo etudes for LA Phil musicians. Hear Gray dunes by Leo Major performed by Amy Jo Rhine.

Program notes

When I think of the horn, my mind goes to powerful horn calls designed to rouse troops in the military, such as “Reveille.” For this project, I asked myself: what would the opposite of such a call sound like? I picture a foggy early morning scene at Venice beach, a lone horn player standing on a sand dune amidst the sea spray and the mist, addressing the call to no one in particular.

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