I was like Wow
I was like wow, for trombone and audio was composed August 2006 and dedicated to Jörgen van Rijen, commissioned by the ‘Internationale Kamermuziekfestival Schiermonnikoog’ with financial support from the Dutch FPA.
The premiere by Jörgen took place October 5 2006 at the festival. I was like wow is also the title piece of an album by Jörgen van Rijen on Channel Classics CCS SA 26909
Like other pieces inspired by the Iraq War – White Flag, Believer – I was like WOW is based on interviews with 2 US soldiers: Sam Ross, 21, and Tyson Johnson, 22, who both returned home severely wounded. The interviews are part of a Dutch documentary ‘Purple Hearts’ by Roel van Broekhoven for VPRO. Jan Willem Looze added the concert video.
I was like wow has also been performed and recorded on bassoon, by Lorelei Dowling on Chromart Classics TXA 16081