Strangely enough, both Gershwin and Goodwin share the same initials G. Let it rip. The result was transfiguring! It first fades like a sunset, then explodes in white light, bringing the audience to their feet.
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Hazo is a music educator and composer of several band works. He provides his own program notes for Ride: RIDE was written as a gesture of appreciation for all of the kind things Jack Stamp has done for me; ranging from his unwavering friendship to his heartfelt advice on composition and subjects beyond. The common thread in all of these things was Jack Stamp.
I began to receive calls from all over the country, inquiring about my music, and when I traced back the steps of how someone so far away could know of my then unpublished works, all paths led to either reading sessions Jack had conducted, or recommendations he made to band directors about new pieces for wind band.
The noblest thing about him was that he never let me reciprocate in any way, not even allowing me to buy him dessert after a concert. Following the first day of the forum, Jack invited all of the composers to his house, where his wife Lori had prepared an incredible gourmet dinner. So he and his passenger, Mark Camphouse, began the fifteen minute drive with me behind them.
The combination of such an invigorating day as well as my trying to follow Jack at the top speed a country road can be driven, is what wrote this piece in my head in the time it took to get from the IUP campus to the Stamp residence.
Finally, a YouTube rendition of the piece — not much to look at, but a note-perfect performance. Share this:.
Ride by Sam Hazo