Commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the Cincinnati Pops, In the Cause of the Free is a new work in progress (August 2017). The work reflects on the themes of Veterans Day and signing of the Armistice which ended the hostilities of World War I, the centennial of which will be marked in 2018. The work features a prominent part for solo trumpet. The title is derived from a line in the poem For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon, written during “The Great War.”

In the Cause of the Free is part of the Cincinnati Pops’ American Originals, Vol. 2 project, to be premiered and recorded live in concert at the newly-reopened Music Hall in November 2017 (following its $135 million, two-year renovation), and subsequently released on the Fanfare Cincinnati label.

Instrumentation

picc.2.2.corA.2.bcl.3(III=cbsn)—4.3.3.1—timp.perc(3-4)—harp—pft(=cel)—strings

Duration

6:30

Composition Date and Commission

Composed 2017 (in progress August 2017)
Commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the Cincinnati Pops

View Performance History

— To be premiered by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, John Morris Russell, conductor, at Music Hall, Cincinnati, November 10, 11, & 12, 2017
— To be recorded live in concert for the album American Originals, Vol. 2, to be released on Fanfare Cincinnati label, 2018

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Music Hall, Cincinnati