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Profound Hoosiers

Grab your priestly garb and enjoy this terrific live recording of De Profundis, for massed winds, from the recent performance at Indiana University, conducted by the awesome Jeff Gershman. It’s a fantastic rendering, prefaced by the plainchant incipit intoned from a balcony just before beat 1. Very slick, and if you happened to be wondering what the piece sounded like in my head when I was writing it in October and November, wonder no longer.

Jeff’s ensemble is not as large as the commissioner’s, but the aleatory seems to be just as effective. Even so, program this work with the largest group you can muster, and watch the ball of sound as it rolls over you like a steamroller. This is why we all started writing wind ensemble pieces, right? For the Loud? And the big drums?

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