Duet of Duel

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Composer: Kirt Mosier
Publisher: Kirt Mosier Music
Product Code: KMM_DOD

The Duet of Duel is a virtuoso violin duet with a grade 3 level string orchestra. This piece was commissioned by Sofia Pelletier and the 2018 Singapore American School Middle School Orchestra. I was conducting at the school during the Fall of 2017 and was introduced to two fabulous middle school violinists. Both were named Sean and both were brilliant. Sofia and I decided to commission a piece to feature these two extraordinary young men with their orchestra and thus The Duet of Duel was born.

This piece depicts a maestro violinist at home with their orchestra performing technical passages and delighting audiences each time his/her amazing skills are on display. Suddenly, a new violinist appears! This violinist is just as amazing as the original violinist and has a wonderful brilliance to their playing. The new violinist enters with a mesmerizing cadenza and proceeds to play with the orchestra in a most vibrant fashion. Abruptly, the original violinist interrupts the playing of the newcomer with a succession of ominous multiple stops. At this,
musical anger boils and a fight sequence ensues with each player attempting to better the other. Suddenly both players happen to come to rest on a beautiful harmony and discover that they can actually play together and sound strangely beautiful. Once the players realize this, a sadness comes over them with the understanding that they could have been musical friends the entire time. Once their “lament” ends both return to the opening theme together and end in a flash of brilliance becoming musical friends for life!

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Mad Hatter Musings

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Composer: Kirt Mosier
Publisher: Kirt Mosier Music
Product Code: KMM_1416

Mad Hatter Musings is a grade 3.5 work for string orchestra that delves into the mind of a mad person! The inspiration for this work is the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll’s work: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The piece is rich with strange harmonies, rhythms and melodic figures that inspire imagination. Each of the string parts receives melodic figures as well as colorful rhythmic accompaniments. The bass and celli section must play with a very heavy martellato stroke to bring the ponderous nature of the work to life.

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Overture to War

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Composer: Kirt Mosier
Publisher: Kirt Mosier
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Overture To War was commissioned by the Missouri Music Educators Association, St. Louis Metro District No. 8 for the All Suburban Orchestra performance of November 9th 2013.

This piece Chronicles the beginning of World War 2. The beginning of the piece is a call to arms as President Roosevelt summoned the nation to war with his radio address following the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7th, 1941. The Call to arms is filled with an angry tension that begins in the bass and celli and spreads throughout the orchestra.

At letter D, the theme is repeated and layered as the resolution of the American people is portrayed through the somber tones of this section. Letter G brings a return to anger first seen in the opening of the piece but re-scored in a different orchestration. Letter L begins the remembrance section of the piece. This represents the American people
understanding the cost that the war will put upon them. This cost could mean losing their children and loved ones. This section has a simple hymn like theme as parents think back on the childhoods of their children and realize they may not return. Letter P regains the original anger at being attacked and the piece ends with America rushing off to war.

The orchestration of the ending suggests that America knows it will be victorious but not without cost.

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Discovery

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Composer: Kirt Mosier
Publisher: Kirt Mosier
Product Code: KMM_DSC

Discovery is a through-composed work for string orchestra that was commissioned by the 2014-2015 Downers Grove District 99 Orchestra under the direction of Jennifer Mullen.

This piece is written in memory of Robert J Lapen who was of father two students in the orchestra. Mr. Lapen was a very intelligent man with multiple degrees from Stanford and Harvard. He was very inquisitive and enjoyed fixing things.

Discovery begins with an Elegaic theme that is first stated with a cello solo. The theme has an inquisitive nature and is the source material of the entire work. This theme is stated in its entirety only once; from measures 45-56 when all viola, celli and bass play it prominently. After this, discovery becomes the method for manipulating the theme. Fragments are seen throughout different settings and an odd time meter of 6/8 and 2/4 time dominate. The tone of the piece suggests discovering what is next and the piece ends with an emphatic beauty that suggests the continual discovery of what lies ahead beyond the realm of what is currently known.

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