Global Flyer for Brass Ensemble (2008)
Global Flyer is written in reflection and respect of the “Great Race” of 1908, in which the Thomas Flyer—the entry from the United States—won this one-and-only such event ever held. I had the opportunity to visit the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada this month, and since (to me) the perpetual synchronized movement of machinery within a personally-expressive body in the automobile is one of man’s most splendid modern juxtapositions of engineering and art, I wrote this work to commemorate the centennial of one of the automobile’s milestones.
Musically, the work demonstrates continuous energy and movement through complex rhythmic interplay within a three-part framework. The outer sections include a canonic ostinato as the “motor rhythm,” while the middle section is more syncopated and modal; the modal thought perhaps reflects the long trip through Eastern Europe on the last leg of the journey.