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Silent Guns of Sacrifice and Fortitude

By Gary Powell Nash

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Clarinet, Drums - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Gary Powell Nash. 21st Century, African. Score, Set of Parts. 36 pages. Published by Gary Powell Nash (S0.372229).

Item Number: S0.372229

Silent Guns of Sacrifice and Fortitude for clarinet and percussion was composed in commemoration of Fort Negley in Nashville, Tennessee.  Fort Negley was a significant fixture during the US Civil War, particularly in regards to the Battle of Nashville.  While Nash was researching Fort Negley, he discovered an article that described it as "silent guns of fortitude", thus the title. This work holds its significance in the unique instrumentation used as well as the rhythm. Since the piece is written for clarinet and African percussion, specifically tom-toms and conga drum, rhythm is highly emphasized.  The piece has a standard slow-fast-slow-fast movement scheme. The first and third movements are slow and the second and last movements are faster and have a dance-like feel to them. The final movement in particular was influenced by a song from the Boys Choir of Kenya.

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