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Journey Beyond is a piece written for trombone octet and based on the hero’s journey, a literary framework seen everywhere from The Lord of the Rings to Star Wars. The device describes how a protagonist moves between the known and unknown words and back again and features such moments as the Call to Action and Darkest Hour. Journey Beyond seeks to paint this picture using similar inspirations to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s film score mixed with moments of more contemporary harmony. When the piece is performed, it is important to pay attention to the contrast between thick, full ensemble moments and points where the texture thins out to just one or two parts as this is where the piece creates most of its momentum.

The Journey Beyond

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