Commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the Cincinnati Pops, In the Cause of the Free 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, premiered and recorded live in concert at the newly-reopened Music Hall in November 2017 (following its $135 million, two-year renovation), with the recording to be released on the Fanfare Cincinnati label (distributed by Naxos) in 2018.
Composition Date and Commission
Commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the Cincinnati Pops
“Peter Boyer’s In the Cause of the Free was a poignant, cinematic piece inspired by British poet Laurence Binyon’s For the Fallen. It began with somber drumming, chimes and distant fanfares and built to a stirring melody for solo trumpet. The beauty of that tune was only outshone by the silvery tone and seamless line displayed by principal trumpeter Robert Sullivan.”
— Janelle Gelfand, WGUC.org