Colors and weaves of sound
"Frabrics" was inspired by the many beautiful handmade quilts made over the years by Mr. Stevens' mother. The title refers to the many colors and weaves of sound of which the brass quintet is capable. Once again, the setting of a mood is of primary importance in these movements, rather than any particular technical compositional devices. Each movement is titled after a traditional American quilt pattern.
The first, "Morning Star", reflects the quiet, but shimmering dawn of day. "Sunshine and Shadow", is, as one might expect, a study in contrast. This is accomplished largely through instrumentation and orchestration - piccolo trumpets are used and the three lower brass are often in their extreme lower registers. Flugelhorns are used in the third movement, "Delectable Mountains", aidong to create a dark, rich, majestic sound. "Flying Geese", the title of the last movement, is a pattern that is seen on or around many early American quilts. The suggestion of strength and speed is portrayed in this rapid, brassy finale.
- 2 trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba
- Morning Star
Sunshine and Shadow
- Editions Bim