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Hobgoblin of Little Minds

Concert Music World Premier, April 2012

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

     Around 1840, Ralph Waldo Emerson penned these words in his essay, Self-Reliance. He professes that the ability to change ones mind requires more thoughtfulness and intellect than to remain foolishly consistent. This quote has renewed profundity today as statesmen, philosophers, and divines are often vilified for changing their minds.

     This fantasia on a theme features a hobgoblin in the form of a short musical motive, and a mind in the form of the atmosphere and orchestration surrounding the motive. The hobgoblin and the mind progress together; at times remaining foolishly consistent, and at other times evolving wildly.

     “Hobgoblin of Little Minds” was premiered by the Rowan University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Lt. Cmdr. Dr. John Pastin in 2012


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