Of Knights and Kings - REED5 EH/CL/SSX/BCL/BSN
Composer: Rabb, Kincaid
for reed quintet: English Horn, clarinet, soprano sax, bass clarinet, and bassoon
by Kincaid Rabb (b.1993) - American composer
ABOUT THE MUSIC:
Of Knights and Kings is inspired by Arthurian legends and folklore. As you listen to the work, you will be transported to castles and courts, encounter the lady of the lake and receive a legendary sword, and battle against a monstrous dragon. One of the details I sometimes include in my scores is different ‘flavor texts’ instead of traditional Italian tempo markings that are evocative of different images, and local Tucson musician Mariah McCammond, an Arthurian scholar and dear friend, was instrumental in helping me determine these flavor texts.
Of Knights and Kings was premiered on February 25th, 2017 by Outlaw Reeds at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER:
Kincaid Rabb (b. 1993, they/them pronouns) is an award-winning writer and music-maker, working at the intersection of storytelling and new music. Kincaid is an artist-scholar whose research includes musical narratology, emotional catharsis, and the phenomenon of the theme park as inspiration. Using narration, worldbuilding, and a strong sense of fun and play, Kincaid creates musical experiences that immerse audiences into intimate spaces and that reward waders, swimmers, and divers alike. Kincaid produces works that trapeze artistic disciplines, curating performances that seamlessly integrate different sensory experiences and create lasting memories through relatable stories.
Kincaid’s collaborations have included Paradise Winds, The _____ Experiment, the Driftwood Quintet, Kontra Duo, Keyed Kontraptions, Duo R2, the Brelby Theatre Company, and the faculty and students at the University of Arizona and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kincaid is a founding member of Basket of Owls, an ensemble of musician-narrators dedicated to curating spaces for unheard stories, and flourish! new music ensemble, an ensemble committed to sparking joy in new music. Their principal teachers have included Douglas Harbin, Daniel Asia, Pamela Decker, Diego Vega, and Jennifer Bellor.
Currently residing in Tucson, Arizona, Kincaid graduated with a Master of Music in Composition in 2021 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where they held graduate assistantships in theory, composition, and musicology. They graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Music in Composition in 2017. Kincaid is a member of the Millennium Composers Initiative, is affiliated with ASCAP, and is published with Trevco Music. Kincaid can usually be found at Scented Leaf in Tucson, Arizona, sipping on a matcha lemonade, watching the world go by and writing their next adventure into music.
For more information about Kincaid and their music, please visit www.kincaidrabb.com