Kevin Puts, "Millennium Canons"
Arranged by Mark Spede
Duration: 7 minutes
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his debut opera Silent Night, Kevin Puts has been hailed as one of the most important composers of his generation. Critically acclaimed for a richly colored, harmonic, and freshly melodic musical voice that has also been described as “emotional, compelling, and relevant,” his works, which include two operas, four symphonies, and several concertos, have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists throughout the world.
I wrote Millennium Canons to usher in a new millennium with fanfare, celebration and lyricism. Its rising textures and melodic counterpoint are almost always created through use of the canon, which also provides rhythmic propulsion at times.
Commissioned and Premiered by The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin, conductor
Puts, Millennium Canons
University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, John Lynch, Conductor