Full Court Press (2009) by Howard Hersh
for cello, vibraphone, and piano

In basketball, opponents typically receive free passage to mid-court, where the defense shifts into high gear. In a full court press, however, every inch is vigorously guarded, and my piece of the same name pays tribute to this nonstop energy.

Full Court Press was composed for the Odessa Trio and was inspired by the story of a women’s high school basketball team whose unflagging intensity propelled them into the state finals.

In its closing minutes, it quotes from Loop, a quiet, slowly-evolving companion piece.

— H. H.    

[from program for November 13, 2014 concert]