The Task Ahead Is Enormous, and There Is Not Much Time

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The Task Ahead Is Enormous, and There Is Not Much Time

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piccolo, violin, piano and percussion
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10
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Composer's Note:

The title of the piece is a quote by Noam Chomsky, from an interview published on July 12, 20191. Chomsky was speaking about climate change, but when I read it I was immediately struck by the fact that the quote can be extrapolated and applied to just about everything going on in our nation and world today, from politics, socio-economics, and international military conflicts to the global rise of racism, nationalism, anti-semitism, and gender & sectarian violence.

Throughout much of the piece the ensemble plays in different spheres; not just in terms of physical space, but also in different meters and tempos. What emerges slowly over the course of time is that the heart of the piece is a virtuosic percussion solo; the percussion becomes the voice of Chomsky -- and all of us -- basically saying "Wake the %@&# up! There isn't much time!"

The Task Ahead Is Enormous, and There Is Not Much Time was written for [Switch~ Ensemble].

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Percussion Needed: Snare drum, toms (3), bongos (2), 3 cymbals (2 crash, 1 Chinese), 2 triangles, vibraphone.

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Feb. 17, 2020 - Gusman Hall, Frost School of Music, University of Miami by [Switch~ Ensemble].
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Text Language - Non English

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instrumental quartet
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