While writing this piece, I remember being surprised, amused, and annoyed with one of my fellow trombonists in middle-school band – he who referred to pitches only by their slide position numbers. This obviously affected his playing-- all too often a D emerged from his bell when the music displayed a G. After all, to him they were both “fourth.” This piece uses pitches primarily found in first and third positions, though there is a good bit of second and fourth as well (and any alternate positions are up to the players). The title is also a baseball reference. It was written for the Guidonian Hand.
Recording (Joshua Bishop, Steve Kosch, Stephen Ivany, Sean Reynolds)
• Guidonian Hand, Cell Theater, NYC 10/4/16