by Samuel R. Hazo (Grade 4, 6:54)
Dedicated to the memory of Matthew Shiner, Professor Emeritus Brass Studies, Duquesne University, To Be was posthumously commissioned by Dr. Edward Kocher, Dean of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and conducted in its premiere by Dr. Robert Cameron, Director of Bands. The premiering ensemble was the Duquesne University Wind Symphony with recitation by Dr. Samuel J. Hazo. The composition includes a poem of the same title by Dr. Hazo, father of the composer, friend and colleague of Professor Shiner, and first and only Poet Laureate of Pennsylvania.
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