Instrumentation: Tuba ensemble (2 euph, 3 tuba)
Flourish (2005) is one of the earliest works still in my portfolio, written and premiered while I was still a freshman in college. While this work has more of a ‘pops’ edge than the works I typically write today, I think this piece still has a lot of charm, and I enjoy revisiting it from time to time. The tuba has a reputation for being a somewhat muddy, comical instrument, even though it has a deceptive lightness and agility to it in the right hands. I wanted to show off the more agile characteristics of the instrument in a short majestic overture that would be perfect for a concert opener.