April 9, 1885- Trumpet Quartet w/Bass

Composer- Chidester
Length- 5:21
Difficulty- ME
Range – ME
Endurance- ME
Finger technique- ME
Counting ability- ME
Ensemble difficulty- ME

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The date April 9, 1885 was the day the American Civil War ended. In this composition are several sections which represent the different stages of adjustment America lived through after the war.

The first section represents the uncertainty of life styles immediately after the war ended. Taps represent the gigantic number of persons killed during the battles. Gradually the composition begins to become more organized just as our country did and eventually all of the trumpet parts perform in a uniform structure. The short epilog after the climax represents our country looking back to what America had gained and lost.

The compositional value of this piece represents the horror and the sacrifice we Americans paid for the freeing of the black man and although it seems as if it happened many years ago, when compared to other monumental changes, it really was not that far back in our history.

 

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