duration: 10:30
instrumentation: 12 players (fl, bcl, s/tsax, tpt, tbn, gtr, pno, 1 perc, 2 vn, vc, db)
premiere: May 4, 2018, Chatham University
premiere performer: Alia Musica Pittsburgh
publisher: A-Town Publications (ASCAP) © 2018
Gorilla was commissioned by Alia Musica Pittsburgh and completed while in residence at Copland House, Cortlandt Manor, New York, as a recipient of the Aaron Copland Award.

Program Note:
Nyiramachabelli — “the woman who lives alone on the mountain.” Dian Fossey was curious, furious, fearless, and focused. Her life’s work as a primatologist, activist, and author is the inspiration for Gorilla for large ensemble. “Sound preceded sight” — Fossey describes her first encounter with the Mountain Gorilla as a “high-pitched series of screams” followed by a “rhythmic rondo of sharp pok-pok chestbeats.”                                                                                                                                                                                              —Erin Rogers (2018)

Purchase Sheet Music: Gorilla