(1977, revised 2020) 2'Program note
Convocare for brass derives its title from the Latin word meaning “to call together” and is meant to serve as an opening “call to concert” piece. The title also describes the events in the piece itself as the instruments call out to each other and to the audience. In order to add a sense of dimension to that effect the players should be placed distantly from one another around the hall, somewhat in the manner shown below. If there is a balcony, the trumpets should be placed there.
Composed for the Amherst Summer Music Center (Raymond, Maine), the work was first performed there on August 12, 1977 and is dedicated to its director, Richard Castiglione. The work was revised in 2020.