Commissioned By: Martin Montoya
Duration: ca. 6:15
Grade Level: 6
Bone Storm is influenced by the music of Michael Daugherty, a contemporary composer who notes popular music influences in his music. In order to achieve a “tonal groove,” I decided to use the timpani and treat the piece as a duet, rather than an accompanied solo. The trombone and timpani parts are written to complement and contrast each other, with a “storm” of exchanged notes and rhythms.
While obviously a reference to the trombone, the title Bone Storm also refers to TV’s “The Simpsons,” and Bart’s plea, “Buy me ‘Bone Storm’ or go to Hell!”
Bone Storm is written for and dedicated to Martin Montoya.