Michael Cotten // The University of Kentucky Trombone Octet – “With Sword and Crown”
About “With Sword and Crown”:
An original composition by a University of Kentucky School of Music undergraduate, this piece takes its inspiration from Tchaikovsky’s famous “fate motive”. The strong theme intertwines with aspects of
minimalism and even cinematic soundtrack styles to create a driving rhythm full of energy and emotion that is carried throughout the piece.
The University of Kentucky Trombone Octet is a subgroup if the UK Trombone Choir that meets as a chamber ensemble in both the fall and spring semesters. The ensemble explores all genres and styles of music from baroque to jazz and is comprised of music majors as well as students from other colleges within the University. Recent invitations and performances include the 2013 Eastern Trombone Workshop, the 2013 International Trombone Festival, the 2014 Kentucky Music Educators Conference, the 2014 International Trombone Festival, the 2016 American Trombone Workshop, and the 2016 Great American Brass Band Festival. The ensemble regularly hosts Guest Soloists. Recent guests include world class musicians Cynthia Lawrence (former MET Soprano), Douglas Rosenthal (Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra), Tim Smith (Buffalo Philharmonic), Ben van Dijk (Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra), Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), Matt Neiss (US Army Blues), Peter Ellefson (Northwestern University), and Michael Davis (Rolling Stones).