Published on May 20, 2012
"A Time of Hope"
Composed by Rolan Duvvury
Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO)
Conductor: Jere Flint
Event: ASYO Crescendo Concert
Date: March 25, 2012
Location: Atlanta Symphony Hall
This piece was initially written during Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008. In 2007, when I was a sophomore at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, I attended a speech that President Obama gave on campus about the prospect of hope and change in the country. I was so inspired by his speech that I decided to write a symphonic work that would reflect his historic campaign.
The piece begins with the trumpet introducing the main, hopeful theme accompanied by a constant snare drum motif. There is a general buildup throughout the entire composition with multiple iterations of the theme, and this eventually crescendos into a majestic finale.
A Time of Hope is scored for piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, one English horn, two clarinets, two bassoons, four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, tuba, timpani, snare drum, bass drum, crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, tam-tam, triangle, glockenspiel, tubular bells, harp, and strings. Approximate performance time is four minutes.
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