On March 19, NOVUS will return to the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Ft. Myer, Virginia for its third performance at the festival. NOVUS will premiere two new works, Opus Esoterica by Jeff Cortazzo, US Army Blues/Capitol Bones/Washington Trombone Ensemble bass trombonist; and Events and Their Horizons by Hilary Purrington, graduate student at the Juilliard School and graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Jeff’s piece creatively intertwines musical cells familiar to most every trombonist:
It’s an exciting piece that will have you amazed by how naturally he blended these exercises together. And fun for the group to put together, we feel like we’ve been practicing the piece for most of our lives!
Hilary’s piece is a longer affair, with unison notes passed through the group that, sometimes subtly and sometimes not, shift to dissonant harmony then back again. It’s an exercise in blend and uniformity, of pitch, articulation, release… all the fundamentals of ensemble playing.
Come check out these brand new pieces!