Private eye overture
Completion Date: 2018
Instrumentation: Brass Ensemble
“Private Eye Overture” weaves together the brilliance of the traditional brass band style and the jazziness of a mystery-action film. First, a theme is presented amongst thick chord hits and mixed meter. Then, an ostinato is accompanied by the percussion creating the main groove of the piece. Projecting the imagery of a man in shades smoking a cigarette, a muted trumpet plays the embellished theme. After the theme is passed around through a variety of colors, a new theme is introduced in a canon. Following that, the original theme plays again; however, this time, beats are added and subtracted to introduce a sense of rhythmic imbalance. A final bold restatement of the theme drives the Overture to an end.