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In this original programmatic work for jazz chamber ensemble, I’ve drawn from the Biblical story of David and Goliath —a story about trusting God in the face of continually­-escalating difficulties. The story begins with King Saul (the fluegelhorn), a cowardly and self­-centered ruler who takes his people to war but refuses to face the enemy’s champion, the giant Goliath. When the future king David (the flute) comes to visit his brothers on the front lines, he hears the taunts of the giant (the trombone) and courageously defeats him against impossible odds. The ending of my piece portrays the nation’s response to David’s victory, as they take to the streets with tambourines, singing “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands." Listen closely for Saul’s jealousy set against the people's rejoicing, as he contemplates the murder of the brave young man who would one day replace him as king.

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