Earlier i wrote about the world premiere of beauty…beholder in the context of my trip – meeting the ensemble, going to rehearsals, and the performance itself. In this entry I want to talk about the piece itself – a bit of a rehash about why i wrote it, how my thinking evolved, and how everyone reacted.
The Xavier University Symphonic Winds world premiered beauty…beholder this past weekend. It was a pretty amazing experience on many different levels both personally and professionally, and there’s a lot of stuff buzzing around in my head about it that i wanted to get it down into a couple of blog entries while it was all still fresh. The experience splits itself naturally into two parts – first, my experience with the ensemble with some postnotes about the trip in general, and second, the piece itself – my reaction to it, other people’s reaction to it, and my reaction to their reactions. This entry will address the former.