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Aerial Escape
(2019) 

by Brandon Dicks

For Concert Band

Grade 3

 

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ABOUT
THE
MUSIC

Aerial Escape is a fast three-minute work that shifts from multiple different characters and rhythmic styles. The title and theme of Aerial Escape is in reference to my first compositional influences - I wrote a large collection of works based on flight in my younger age. These pieces varied from works based on a flying phoenix, dogfights in the sky, and gliding down mountains at high speeds.

To represent all of these past creations, the old melodies from these past compositions were used to construct the motives and themes of this brand-new work. The sense of flight is still prominent in this work, which is how the title became known as ‘Aerial’, with the ‘escape’ showcasing the urge to try and move away from these old conventions.