Fortitude (Print & Ship)
Fortitude is a piece especially composed for Andrew Merrow, my cousin and a former musician, as a personal thank you for his generous donation to my “Get Matt to Maryland” Rally via rally.org.
This work was inspired by the qualities I have looked up to in my older cousin for the course of my life. He is intelligent, headstrong, and always ready to face whatever life throws at him - represented by the hearty melody and weaving chromatic lines. It is a work that the fifteen-piece brass ensemble will need a similar amount of courage to amply accomplish.
- Matthew Nunes
Niceville, January 2014