David Hahn, conductor, DMA Dissertation Recital, 6 Feb 2022, University of Michigan, Dakota Cotugno, cello, Joshua Marzan, piano

The Star-Spangled Banner (2021). SATB, piano, opt. cello, 5’30”. Available from Hal Leonard, Craig Hella Johnson series.

Movement 5 from The Dawn’s Early Light (complete work for SATB, Cello, Four Guitars, 20′, available from MusicSpoke). This is not an arrangement, but entirely original music to the “O say, can you see” text by Francis Scott Key. The octavo is SATB div, piano, and opt. cello.

Commissioned for Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Premiered November 2nd and 3rd, 2019 by Conspirare, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and cellist Douglas Harvey, Craig Hella Johnson conducting, Austin and Houston, TX. On the CD The Singing Guitar, Delos. Top 10 Classical Album, 2020: Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Hal Leonard: “Here is a brand new melody to the famous words by Francis Scott Key. Inspired by a story from Native American Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, Kile wondered what a “Star-Spangled Banner”, untethered to memory, feeling its way through pride, atrocity, and respect for an ideal might sound like. Imagining a wonder at our now well-known words in this early light, with their questions and fear. Does the flag still fly? Are the people still free and brave?”