16 trombones (20′)
Road Movie was commissioned by Professor Niels-Ole Bo Johansen of the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark and premiered in Salt Lake City, Utah in connection with an International Trombone Festival in 2008. The work consists of three movements, each depicting a scene in an imaginary road movie. The first movement, AM, is set on an early morning on a country highway. The abbreviation AM is, of course, ambiguous, implying both the early hours of the day as well as a type of radio that was most common in cars in my youth. The second movement, Canyon Canon depicts a landscape inspired byt the Grand Canyon. And in the third movement, Highway, the movie comes to a most tragic end.
Listen to a recording of Canyon Canon here: