dogwhistling (2019) for sinfonietta
Commissioned by Alarm Will Sound for the 2019 Mizzou International Composers Festival
Piccolo/Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, 2 Percussion, Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabass
Premiere: 7/27/19; Alarm Will Sound; Mizzou International Composers Festival; Missouri Theater, Columbia, MO
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This is the score to a film by Scott Lyman based on the 2017 white nationalist uprising in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. I was particularly moved by video footage of a group of interfaith leaders linked arm to arm singing “This Little Light o’ Mine” which—for a brief moment of peaceful counter-protest—drowned out the hateful speech of the alt-right.
Recording: Lomax, John A, Ruby T Lomax, and Doris McMurray. This Little Light o’ Mine. near Huntsville, Texas, 1939. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.