| high anxieties
Instrumentation: Contrabass Tuba and Piano
Duration: ca. 10'30"
Commissioner: Joseph Alvarez, tuba
Year Composed: 2019
Various phobias and fears permeate our lives in assorted levels. Whether we are scared of the unknown, scarred from a childhood trauma, or simply uneasy in a given situation, many can pinpoint exactly what it is that make them anxious. High Anxieties – a play in itself on works for bass instruments – explores five such fears: neophobia (the fear of beginning something new), claustrophobia (the fear of tightly enclosed spaces), glossophobia (fear of public speaking), germaphobia (fear of germs/bacteria), and aviophobia (fear of flying).
High Anxieties was commissioned by and dedicated to Joseph Alvarez, to be premiered at the
2019 ITEA Southeast Regional Conference, Kennesaw State University.