Music Professor Crosby Has Two New Compositions Published

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Dr. Richard Crosby, professor of music at Eastern Kentucky University, has recently composed two new pieces to be published.

The most recent work, Crosby’s Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra, will have its world premiere by the EKU Symphony Orchestra and EKU Music Faculty member Joseph Van Fleet on Monday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. at the EKU Center for the Arts. Crosby explained that “the trumpet concerto will be published in time for it go to on sale at the International Trumpet Guild convention in May.”

Crosby said: “The trumpet concerto is generating a lot of excitement in the department. Most modern trumpet works are written undiomatically, difficult for the sake of being difficult, and Van Fleet feels that mine, while challenging, will be playable and enjoyable to play.”

Crosby’s most recently performed composition, “Tribute,” is a work for middle school band that was commissioned by Riverwatch Middle School in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Published by Northeastern Music Publications Inc, the piece premiered in Georgia in 2010. It was also recently added to state band repertoire lists in Kentucky, Florida and Georgia.

“‘Tribute’ will probably become my most widely performed work for the near future,” Crosby said. The piece has been performed in Richmond by groups such as the EKU Concert Band and the Richmond Middle School Band.

Crosby has composed and published many pieces, including Sonata for Trombone and Piano, Sonata for Viola and Piano, Appalachian Variations for Symphonic Band, “A Walt Whitman Portrait” for band and chorus, a setting of Whitman’s “Beat! Beat! Drums!”, “Old War Dreams” and “For You, O Democracy.”

College and high school bands in Georgia, Nevada, Arkansas, Ohio and Kentucky have performed Appalachian Variations, and his Trombone Sonata has sold more than 100 copies. His widely performed Sonata for Trombone and Piano will be showcased by EKU music colleague Ken Haddix in March at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C., the largest gathering of trombonists in the eastern United States.

Crosby, a three-time former president of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, joined EKU in 1986. He has received numerous honors and remains an active performer.

Published on February 15, 2012