Diversions for brass quintet was composed in Nantucket and Manhattan, mostly during the fall of 1989. The name Diversions is used in the current French sense of divertissements or desserts, rather than in the archaic sense of variations. The pieces are unrelated, even unconnected (except by virtue of planned contrast), and thus may be performed singly, or in little suites, according to taste.
Diversions was commissioned by a consortium of brass quintets which includes the Saturday Brass Quintet, the Chestnut Brass Company, the Tower Brass Quintet, the Brass Ring, the Annapolis Brass Quintet, and the American Brass Quintet.
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