Blue Triumph Over Sorrow for flute, clarinet, and trumpet or oboe
Race Riot 1964 relates to Andy Warhol’s print as adapted from a photograph taken by journalist, Charles Moore, during the May 1963 violent uprising in Birmingham, Alabama.
Reproduced in several different color and size combinations, Warhol hoped that Birmingham Race Riot would challenge the concept that mass media made Americans numb to the disturbing images of real events.
Blue Triumph Over Sorrow is dedicated to him and his efforts at the time to bring awareness to the horrific injustices that were going on in America at the time.
It features two contrasting themes – one blues based and the other Middle-Eastern sounding. They are creatively taken through a series of constantly shifting unpredictable variations with the instruments exchanging solo and supportive roles throughout.