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"In the summer of 2006 I began a series of concertos based on Greek Mythology.  The first was titled "Chimera, Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra." The Center City Brass Quintet commissioned this work and premiered it in Tokyo with Conductor Naoto Otomo and the Tokyo Symphony. In 2008, I was commissioned by brass soloists Adam Frey and Jeff Nelsen to create a new work. Wanting to continue with this series of concertos, it seemed appropriate to write a piece that would challenge the soloists' virtuosic abilities as well as be adventurous in story and sound.

At first it wasn’t clear which story from mythology I would use. After the bulk of the piece was sketched out, it struck me the a concerto for two soloists should naturally use the story of the Gemini twins. The Gemini twins in Greek Mythology were brothers named Pollux and Castor, the sons of Zeus. They were celebrated as protectors of human kind and had adventures such as the Argonauts Quest for the Golden Fleece and fighting off eerie lightning known as Saint Elmo’s Fire.

Being comfortable with cinematic orchestration, I concentrated on the heroic melodies before completing the rest of the piece. It was important to keep the music challenging in technique as well as rewarding in the soaring melodies given to both players. You'll likely hear orchestration tributes to Prokofiev, Holst, John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith within. I try to channel the energy and color they’ve illustrated and use it as inspiration to compose my music. The end result was a unique showpiece.

This music was fun to write and it was an honor to compose for such great talent. I hope that when you listen to or play Gemini, you’ll become engrossed in the story of two heroes and their tales of epic battle and adventure."

The hard copy of the band score is 11" by 17" (Tabloid).  If you would prefer the score to be 9" by 12" (Concert), then please make a note of it during the checkout process.  The PDF option of the Band version contains the score sized in Letter, Concert and Tabloid to accommodate a variety of printers.  Every PDF purchase of the Band version includes a FREE copy of the PDF piano version.

Available in "Ship to Me" format or as an instantly downloadable PDF.  All PDF downloads include:
• Scores & Parts
• MP3 of Piano/Horn (Music Minus 1 for Euphonium)
• MP3 of Piano/Euphonium (Music Minus 1 for Horn)
• MP3 of the piano part  (Music Minus 2)
 


 
Band Instrumentation:
• Solo Horn (F and alt. Eb parts provided)
• Solo Euphonium (BC and alt. TC parts provided)
• 3 Flutes (1 & 3 have Piccolo doubling)
• 2 Oboes
• 3 Bb Clarinets, 2 Bass Clarinets (2nd optional)
• 2 Bassoons, 1 Contra Bassoon
• 1 Alto Sax, 2 Tenor Saxes, 1  Bari Sax
• 3 Trumpets (C and alt. Bb parts provided)
• 4 Horns
• 3 Trombones (3rd optional) , 1 Bass Trombone
• 2 Euphoniums
• 2 Tubas
• Percussion - Timpani, Xylophone/Glockenspiel, Snare, Cabasa/Triangle, Piatti/Sus. Cymbal
• Piano 
 

 

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