Brian Raphael Nabors

About the Piece

Instrumentation: Full Orchestra: [2/2/2/2-2/2/1/0-tmp+1p.hp.pno-str]
Duration: 2 min

Program Note:

Commissioned in honor of ROCO Chamber Orchestra’s 15th season FIFteen Project, Iubilo is a 2-minute fanfare exploring pure, musical manifestations of joy and celebration. Explored throughout the work are flourishing gestures and flamboyant textures to capture the free, energetic attributes exuded through joy. Each respective instrument has its part to play in creating this tapestry of exuberance.

*Premiered by the ROCO Chamber Orchestra, November 16th, 2019, The Church of St. John the Divine; Houston, TX.

Conductor’s Perspective

A really nice piece working well as a concert opener. The beginning is a bit challenging for younger players, but once it settles at Reh. B, everything just goes steadily. Each section (string, woodwind, brass) is often working in unified manners in terms of entrances and rhythm, so it’s really easy to work on ensemble skills. A very nice work to add to the program.

About the Composer

Brian Raphael Nabors (b.1991, Birmingham, AL) is a composer of emotionally enriching
music that tells exciting narratives with its vibrant themes and colorful harmonic language.
With an eclectic musical palate and crafty compositional technique to match, Nabors’ music
draws from combinations of Jazz Funk, R&B, and Gospel with the modern flair of
contemporary classical music.

Nabors’ music has been performed by the Boston, Atlanta, Nashville, Cincinnati, Detroit, Fort
Worth, and Munich Symphonies. His music has been performed at many events across the
US, including National Orchestral Institute (NOI), and the Tanglewood Music Festival.
He was named a 2019 composer fellow in the American Composer’s Orchestra Earshot
program with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; a 2019 composer fellow with the Nashville
Symphony Orchestra’s Composer Lab; and 2019 cycle five grand prize winner of the Rapido!
National Composition Contest. Nabors is also a 2020 Fulbright scholarship recipient to
Sydney, Australia, studying with composer Carl Vine at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Performance Materials

● Score perusal here on issuu.

● Score and Rental Parts available from Subito Music


Recording on YouTube by ROCO conducted by Alastair Willis