Rand Snell Instrumental Compositions

Melocity | (For Brass Quintet) | Florida Orchestra Brass Quintet
Robert Smith, trumpet; Kenneth Brown, trumpet; Brandon Beck, horn; Dwight Decker, trombone; William Mickelsen, tuba | Melocity begins with long sustained sounds, with the instruments introducing the first theme as they enter separately, note-by-note, beginning several measures into the piece. The second half is starkly different, as instruments trade snatches of melody in a quick, demanding, hocketing style; it is abstract be-bop. The second theme, a variation of the first, is actually a swing melody; but it is heard that way only once, as the piece is nearing the end. The melody then deconstructs, dissolving in fragments, and ends in a whisper.