Point of Tranquility: Idyll for Winds, Brass, and Percussion After a Painting by Morris Louis

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EBM MP077062/ HL 365368

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Wind Ensemble/Band
Morris Louis (1912-1962), along with his contemporaries Helen Franenthaler and Kenneth Noland, became one of the leading figures of Color Field painting, a type of abstract expressionism where the color is not used to paint a subject, but the color is the subject.  Taking as inspiration Louis's "Point of Tranquility," which hangs at the Smithsonian's Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., composer Kenneth Fuchs has created in musical sound, gesture, and form the artist's vivid washes of color and sense of structural freedom.  Point of Tranquility was composed especially for the United States Coast Guard Band in New London, Connecticut, and its director Lieutenant Commander Adam R. Williamson as a gift for the extraordinary support throughout the performance and recording of Kenneth Fuch's band music.