Curtain Raiser is an engaging work, full of fervent energy and exuberance.”
— Brian Cardany, The American Band

In a career which has included a large number of orchestral commissions, Curtain Raiser represents Peter Boyer’s first commission for concert band/wind ensemble, and contains some of his most jubilant and celebratory music.

Instrumentation

picc.3.2.corA.Ebcl.3.bcl.2—2asax.tsax.barisax—4.4.3.euph.1—timp.perc(5)—pft—cb
The number of players doubling each part at discretion of conductor; may be performed with one player per part.

Duration

5:30

Composition Date and Commission

Composed 2016-17
Commissioned by The American Band of Providence

View Performance History

— To be premiered by the American Band of Providence, Brian Cardany, conductor, November 5, 2017
— To be performed by the Clemson University Symphonic Band, Mark Spede, conductor, December 5, 2017
— To be performed by the Kansas State University Concert Band, Frank Tracz, conductor, December 7, 2017
— To be performed by the American Band of Providence, Brian Cardany, conductor, February 25, 2018
— To be performed by the American Band of Providence, Brian Cardany, conductor, March 18, 2018
— To be performed by the Indiana Wind Symphony, Charles Conrad, conductor, February 24, 2019
— To be performed by the Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin, conductor, in the 2018-19 season (date TBD)
— To be performed by the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Jerry Junkin, conductor, in the 2018-19 season (date TBD)

Read Program Note

Having been focused primarily on orchestral music in my composing career to date, and having been rather unfamiliar with repertoire for concert band or wind ensemble, I hesitated before accepting the commission offer from Brian Cardany to compose a work for the 180th anniversary of The American Band of Providence. Among the reasons I chose to accept the challenge of composing my first work in this genre were that I am a native of Providence, and one of the former directors of The American Band was the late Francis Marciniak, who was my undergraduate music theory teacher during my first two years at Rhode Island College. These connections to the years in which I first set off on a musical path were part of my motivation to try my hand at a new genre.

The commission request was for music which would be appropriate to celebrate the 180th anniversary of The American Band, founded in 1837. In considering that request, and seeking to compose a piece which could serve as a festive concert opener for this and many other celebratory occasions, I settled upon the title of Curtain Raiser, which seems to suggest the character of this music.