Op. 12 (2016) for wind band
Paragon was written for the inaugural Augustana Composition Studio composition. A majority of tonal music is built on intervals of a third, but Paragon is built from fourths and fifths, giving it a distinct 'open' quality in my mind. Fourths and fifths are referred to as the 'perfect' intervals, inspiring the title of Paragon, a word commonly used to describe the ideal or epitome of something. However, I am by no means implying that Paragon is a perfect piece, that would just be silly. Conceptually, Paragon isn't about anything in particular, but there is at the end of the piece a rather triumphant return to the opening statements, implying a great celebration as if ending a long-fought conflict.
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