When things explode, the process takes moments, not eons. It’s fitting, then, that Supernova began its life quickly, written in just over three days (no deadlines required). It started as an attempt to write a brass quintet for collegiate musicians and turned into an exploration of functional harmony in a brass setting. Extended technique combines with fanfare, jazz and ballad sections to product a unique sound—triumphant with a dark edge. Drawing on the power, articulation, versatility, and nuance of the brass quintet creates a constantly shifting timbral experience. Supernova journeys through multiple different feels, eventually incorporating aspects of each in a tumultuous moment.

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Listen to Supernova as performed by Robert Lau Giambruno, Parker Nakamura, Nicole Sanchez, Ben Larson, and Adam Soper: