Tomb: Monument Fanfare & Tribute:
The opening music is a segment of the Grant Monument Fanfare & Tribute, a specially commissioned piece for the Grant Monument.
As part of the millennial commemoration of Ulysses S. Grant and his final resting place, the Grant Monument Association commissioned a musical work, composed by Juilliard composer Philip Rothman. This musical score, the Monument Fanfare and Tribute, was premiered by the United States Military Academy Band at Grant's Tomb on April 27, 2000 and has been performed several times since then.
To paraphrase the composer, Monument Fanfare and Tribute is a brilliant, stirring composition inspired by the grandeur of Grant's Tomb as well as the promise of the new millenium. Its opening brass flourishes are designed to evoke the festive nature of the outdoor communal gathering at the monument. After this initial fanfare recedes, an elegant, expansive theme emerges which conveys the "tribute" in the title. This dignified yet spirited tune is introduced quietly to distinguish a contrast with the initial bombast. The composer used the letters of Grant's name in a musical fashion to spell out the first notes of this melody. The theme steadily builds in scope and volume until it is time for the brass fanfare to excitedly reappear. The main theme is then jubilantly presented as the composition reaches a sweeping, joyous conclusion.
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About the Composer
In December 2002, Mr. Rothman will make his Carnegie Hall debut with a new work commissioned by the New York Youth Symphony for its 40th anniversary season. His music has been broadcast on over 200 radio stations in America on NPR's Performance Today and on the syndicated radio program Indianapolis on-the-Air, and his work has been featured at Lincoln Center and other prominent venues and conferences, including the New York State School Music Association Conference.
Mr. Rothman's endeavors have earned him numerous honors including an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the 1999 Renée B. Fisher Foundation Award, a fellowship from the American Symphony Orchestra League and four consecutive ASCAP Special Awards.
Writing for The Buffalo News, Herman Trotter described Mr. Rothman's Overture for Our City after its premiere by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra: "It is full of pizzazz... [with] attractive lyrical themes...I would rather hear this piece again than many other staple overtures."
Mr. Rothman holds a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from Rice University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he was awarded a full scholarship. His teachers in composition have included Samuel Adler, Edward Applebaum, Samuel Jones and Richard Lavenda.