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Blessings of Liberty (2000)

Duration: ~ 5 minutes

Available from Adamo Press

Commissioned by the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, Troy Peters, Music Director and Conductor

Premiered by the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Conductor Troy Peters

2 flutes (w/picc), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in Bb, 2 bassoons; 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in Bb, 3 trombones, 1 tuba; timpani, 2 percussion (snare drum, claves, bass drum, tambourine, tenor drum); strings

Blessings of Liberty was composed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. When approached by the Vermont Youth Orchestra, I was asked for an uplifting, concert opener. I immediately thought of our U.S. Constitutional Bill of Rights - the Blessings of Liberty. This work was intended to reflect our shared patriotism, particularly the strength and bond shared by all Americans following the attack. *** This work now seems more pertinent than ever.

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