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Eric Ewazen: "Symphony In Brass"

October 30, 2016

 Symphony in Brass

   I. Andante; Allegro Molto

   II. Andante Con Moto

   III. Allegro Vivace

Eric Ewazen

Born: March 1, 1954, Cleveland, Ohio

Instrumentation: Brass Choir and Percussion

Composed: 1991

Duration: 18 minutes


University of Maryland Wind Orchestra

"Circus Maximus"

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4:00 pm

Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The University of Maryland at College Park


Eric Ewazen's Symphony in Brass was commissioned by the Detroit Chamber Winds in 1991 and recorded by the Summit Brass Ensemble. It uses “symphonic” brass instrumentation: four trumpets, four horns, three trombones, euphonium, tuba, and percussion. Ewazen masterfully utilizes a very standard three-movement form, including a “Haydn-esque” first movement that has a slow introduction followed by a typical Allegro. The second movement is a beautiful Andante that features a reflective, yet powerful, use of the brass voices. A triumphant tutti fanfare starts the third movement and is followed by solo lines exchanged by each instrument. The piece ends in a joyful flourish with the return of the opening fanfare.


 - Program Notes from the "President's Own" United States Marine Band


Eric Ewazen, Symphony in Brass, I. Andante; Allegro Molto

Summit Brass


Eric Ewazen, Symphony in Brass, II. Andante Con Moto

Summit Brass

Eric Ewazen, Symphony in Brass, III. Allegro Vivace

Summit Brass


 Additional Resources: 

 - Composer Bio (


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