Kenyon Wilson
Kenyon Wilson
composer | teacher | performer

  Dr. Kenyon Wilson

Composition: Chamber

Antepenultimate Tango
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)




Antepenultimate Tango
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)
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Composed for the quartet competition piece for the 2013 Southeast Regional Tuba/ Euphonium Conference, Antepenultimate Tango is the third of five works in the Tango series.

Dance No. 1
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)




Dance No. 1
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)
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Dance No. 1 is a lively, multi-metric work for tuba/euphonium quartet. After a brief introduction where the second tuba establishes the bass line, the euphoniums enter with the first theme, which is ternary in design. The middle section features the euphoniums, then the tubas, followed by a rhythmic display by the euphoniums. The final section brings together all the themes before ending with a flourish. It is available on the Tennessee Tech Alumni Tuba Ensemble’s For the Kings of Brass recording.

Dance No. 2
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)




Dance No. 2
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)
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Commissioned in 2009 by Dave Silden for the Charlotte Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Dance No. 2 is written in the characteristic style of Dance No. 1. Like its predecessor, Dance No. 2 is a challenging piece in asymmetrical meter.

Dance No. 3
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)



Dance No. 3
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)
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Commissioned in 2012 by the International Music Camp in North Dakota, this multi-metric work is written in memory of euphoniumist Harold Brasch. Dance No. 3 was premiered at the camp during the 2012 Octubafest.

Dragon Curve
for trombone ensemble




Dragon Curve
for trombone ensemble
 
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Commissioned by the North Dakota Trombone Choir, this work for trombone octet is based on the dragon curve, a non-intersecting fractal curve created by folding a plane an infinate number of times.

Fearful Symmetry
for tuba/euphonium ensemble (3E3T)




Fearful Symmetry
for tuba/euphonium ensemble (3E3T)
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Composed in 2010, Fearful Symmetry received its premiere performance by the Artist All-Star Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble at the 2010 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Inertia
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)




Inertia
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)
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Written to celebrate the 45th year of the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, Inertia has a brisk tempo that continues unchanging until acted upon by friction or gravity.

Isle of Mann
for trombone ensemble




Isle of Mann
for trombone ensemble
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Commissioned by the Morehead State University Trombone Ensemble, Isle of Mann is scored for double quartet.

Möbius
for trumpet ensemble




Möbius
for trumpet ensemble
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A Möbius strip is an infinite plane with only one edge and is represented in this work for trumpet ensemble by the use of symmetrical scales, conjunct harmonies, and looping melodies. Möbius was premiered by the UTC trumpet ensemble in November 2009.

Penultimate Tango
for trombone ensemble




Penultimate Tango
for trombone ensemble
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Commissioned by the Morehead State University Trombone Ensemble, Penultimate Tango is your basic tango in 5/4 and 7/8 time.

Preantepenultimate Tango
for mixed chamber ensemble




Preantepenultimate Tango
for mixed chamber ensemble
 
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Scored for oboe, violin, cello, and piano, the Preantepenultimate Tango is the fourth of Wilson's tangos.

Recursion
for trombone ensemble




Recursion
for trombone ensemble
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Recursion is a self-referencing seven-part rondo for seven players premiered by seven university ensembles in seven states.

Shades of Gray
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)




Shades of Gray
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)
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Shades of Gray is set in three contrasting movements (Fanfare, Round, and March) and is designed to be performed by younger performers.

Songs of Distant Earth
for trombone quintet




Songs of Distant Earth
for trombone quintet
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Composed in 2009, this five movement work for trombone choir is based on the known dwarf planets: Eris, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Ceres. It received third prize (out of 106 entries) in Bone Therapy's Composition Contest for the 40th International Trombone Festival.

Trifecta
for brass quintet




Trifecta
for brass quintet
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Composed in 2007 for William Mann, Trifecta is a lively, multimetric trombone feature piece for brass quintet. It was premiered by the Missouri Brass Quintet in November 2007. Trifecta is written in a rondo form A-B-A-C-A-D-B-A with an introduction. The introduction is slow and lyrical with a trombone cadenza which leads into the first A section. The A section is composed in a conversational style between the trombone and the brass quartet and continues to develop with each restatement, while the B section is unchanged. The C section is in playful contrast to the remainder of the work and the D section combines the melody of the introduction, written in a duple meter, with a compound meter accompaniment. The work concludes with a tenacious, albeit brief, coda.

Triskaidekaphile
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)




Triskaidekaphile
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)
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A triskaidekaphile is one who is obsessed by the number thirteen. This brief multi-metric work contains numerous musical references to the number thirteen.

Tuba Quartet No. 1
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)




Tuba Quartet No. 1
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)
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Tuba Quartet No. 1 in C Minor was written as a wedding present for Wilson’s brother, Kevin. It received third prize in the 1994 Harvey Phillips Tuba/Euphonium Quartet Composition Contest, sponsored by the Indiana University chapter of T.U.B.A. It is available on the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble’s Unleash the Beast! recording. Set in three movements, the quartet follows the traditional pattern of fast-slow-fast. The first movement is a four-voice fugue in the classical style. The second movement, Lament, begins with a short exchange between two solo tubas followed by a bittersweet melody present in minor, then transformed to major. The final movement, Dance, is a fast-paced rondo with frequent meter changes.

Tuba Quartet No. 2
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)




Tuba Quartet No. 2
for tuba/euphonium quartet (2E2T)
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In 1995, the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble performed Wilson’s Tuba Quartet No. 1 at Carnegie Hall and recorded it for their “Unleash the Beast!” album. In 2013, the TTTE commissioned its sequel. Tuba Quartet No. 2 opens with a lively jig in 7/8 meter, followed by a lyrical elegy. Like the first quartet, the final movement is a lively, multi-metric dance.

Five Tributes

Dec
5
Clemson University
Feb
20
Tampa Bay Symphony
Feb
25
Tampa Bay Symphony
Mar
11
Tampa Bay Symphony

Brass Events

Dec
3
Chattanooga TubaChristmas

Performances

Dec
10
Christ United Methodist
Dec
18
Tuscaloosa Symphony