Brizendine has written a piece called "Hymn of the Earth," which the Portland Columbia Symphony will perform. Here's some information from the orchestra's web site about Brizendine and his new work:
Written for the 150th anniversary of the state of Oregon, "Hymn of the Earth" is very nature based, and unlike most of his works, quite tonal. Influences for the piece include the Oregonian scenery, but also the current political atmosphere. When the piece was originally finished in early October 2008, the ending was small and quiet, symbolizing a disinterest in the way the American government was shaping up, and an overall disappointment in the country and state. However, on November 4th, 2008 when President Obama was elected, Taylor happened to be listening to his piece and editing it. As soon as the election was called he couldn't help but feel a rush of excitement, and in fact destroyed the last third of the piece. In his new found sense of national and state pride, he re-wrote the ending to be quite the opposite of the original. Hymn of the Earth is now a statement of patriotism and hope for the condition of not only Oregon, or the United States, but the world as a whole.
For more about the upcoming Portland Columbia Symphony's concert, click here.