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Program Note

Monuments are erected in an attempt to add beauty, poetry, and meaning to what are often very ugly, very human events—particularly monuments to war. They aim to evoke an air, almost of the celestial or Grace, in an attempt to give meaning to events that may or may not have had any. The plodding at the beginning of this piece reflects the uglier reality, the loftiness at the end is the monument—the beauty or meaning we impose after events. Truth is often somewhere in the middle, filtered by time and the eye of the beholder.

MONUMENT was premiered on February 23, 2018 by the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music Orchestra conducted by Donald Crockett and runs for approximately 13 minutes.