“Solstice Sonata” – Trumpet and Organ
Carson Cooman’s Solstice Sonata is scored for trumpet and organ. “At the solstice (summer in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern), the sun is directly aligned with the tropical latitude lines, and the longest day of the year occurs (marking the start of summer). This sonata is music of celebration and contemplation, taking the inspiration of the longest day as a starting place for meditation both thoughtful and joyous. “Take Flight” soars and leaps with vigor – perhaps the image of a hang-glider’s journey over a dramatic landscape under the late evening sun. “The Dream of Peace” is lyrical and passionate: it is perhaps night music of reflection and intensity. “Glittering, Aglow” begins with quiet, mystical music: a gradual awakening. A vibrant, syncopated dance breaks out, is interrupted by the quiet music again, and returns to push forward to a vibrant conclusion. The new season has begun. ” Solstice Sonata is published by Zimbel Press.
Carson Cooman (b. 1982) is an American composer with a catalog of hundreds of works in many forms—from solo instrumental pieces to operas, and from orchestral works to hymn tunes. His music has been performed on all six inhabited continents in venues that range from the stage of Carnegie Hall to the basket of a hot air balloon. Cooman’s work appears on over forty recordings, including twenty complete CDs. Cooman’s primary composition studies were with Bernard Rands, Judith Weir, Alan Fletcher, and James Willey. As an active concert organist, over 130 new works have been composed for him by composers from around the world, and his organ performances can be heard on a number of CD recordings. He serves as an active consultant on music business matters to composers and performing organizations,specializing particularly in the area of composer estates and archives. For more information, visit www.carsoncooman.com.