Changing the Odds


Instrumentation: two trumpets, French horn, trombone, tuba
Duration: 3:30


Note: Lively and idiomatic, I supposed this belongs in the category of occasional music, though one always goes for depth and punch, too. Music with purpose: to somehow inhabit and belong to a certain place and time, and also to carry meaning as music in a more far-reaching way.

Performance history: Changing the Odds was commissioned by Cristle Collins Judd and Sarah Lawrence College to celebrate Cristle’s inauguration as President of the school. It was premiered at Sarah Lawrence College on Oct. 6, 2017 by the Cosmopolitan Brass Quintet.