A TENDER BRIDGE: An African American Requiem

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Collaborating with multi-award winning author and illustrator Ashley Bryan, composer Aaron Robinson has created his most monumental work to date: “A TENDER BRIDGE – An African American Requiem” for Orchestra, SATB chorus, Children’s Choir, Soloists, Jazz Ensemble, B-3 Hammond, and Narrators. The 13-movement musical work for the concert stage draws upon the Requiem Mass as its basis, while simultaneously celebrating the life, career and legacy of author and illustrator Ashley Bryan through selected text from his prose, poetry, and personally chosen biblical passages.

The score brilliantly incorporates diverse musical genres and idioms found within the African American culture interconnected with the traditional forms of the Requiem Mass. The stage characters tell a story that find their roots firmly based within the writings of Bryan and his quote: “I always confuse the past and the future, the way I mix up death and life – they are connected by a tender bridge. This is why stories are at the heart of civilization.”

A TENDER BRIDGE was completed in June 2018 and is available for performance worldwide. For more information or to obtain a copy of the score with parts: please contact the composer on the CONTACT PAGE of this website.

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