would never - for wind quintet and fixed media, is inspired by the powerful speech given by Emma González, a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, at the March for Our Lives, in Washington, DC, on March 24, 2018.
The most striking part of this delivery was the silence after the last "would never…". The audience of tens of thousands seemed to breath out all at once and then fall almost perfectly silent for the duration of the six minutes and twenty seconds.
Text of the speech:
Six minutes, and about 20 seconds. In a little over six minutes, 17 of our friends were
taken from us, 15 more were injured, and everyone, absolutely everyone in the Douglas
community was forever altered. Everyone who was there understands. Everyone who
has been touched by the cold grip of gun violence understands. For us, long, tearful,
chaotic hours in the scorching afternoon sun were spent not knowing.
No one understood the extent of what had happened. No one could believe that there
were bodies in that building waiting to be identified for over a day. No one knew that the
people who were missing had stopped breathing long before any of us had even known
that a code red had been called. No one could comprehend the devastating aftermath,
or how far this would reach, or where this would go.
For those who still can't comprehend, because they refuse to, I'll tell you where it went.
Six feet into the ground, six feet deep. Six minutes and 20 seconds with an AR-15, and
my friend Carmen would never complain to me about piano practice. Aaron Feis would
never call Kyra "miss sunshine," Alex Schachter would never walk into school with his
brother Ryan, Scott Beigel would never joke around with Cameron at camp, Helena Ramsay
would never hang around after school with Max, Gina Montalto would never wave to her
friend Liam at lunch, Joaquin Oliver would never play basketball with Sam or Dylan.
Alaina Petty would never, Cara Loughren would never, Chris Hixon would never,
Luke Hoyer would never, Martin Duque Anguiano would never, Peter Wang would never,
Alyssa Alhadeff would never, Jamie Guttenberg would never,
Jamie Pollack... would never...
Mr.Hubbell graduated Magna Cum Laude from Oberlin Conservatory, studying composition with Randolph Coleman, and electronic and computer music with Gary Lee Nelson. He was involved in some of the earliest computer generated music on the now iconic IBM 360. After college, he immersed himself in the jazz fusion and experimental music scene in the New York City area, writing and performing in a number of ensembles, and was active in studio session work.
Mr. Hubbell established Just Music, a music production facility, where he produced hundreds of soundtracks for film, TV and radio including: the best selling Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Series for Random House; The Men who Brought the Dawn (Documentary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki), featured in The Smithsonian Museum; Pitching Man (biography of the great black baseball pitcher, Satchel Page, hosted by Billy Dee Williams, featured in the Baseball Hall of Fame and nominated for an Emmy; Anne of Green Gables (12 CD Set for Disney). Mr. Hubbell's soundtrack for Adlertag, the Battle of Britain, received the Gold Cine for best soundtrack; His piano work, Spontaneous Fugue received top prize at New Sounds New Haven; chamber work, "Fudo Falls" took top award at Virtual Artist.com. His music is licensed to a variety of television programs in the U. S. and abroad.
Nicholas Hubbell writes for a wide variety of instrumental combinations that often include an electronic (fixed media) component. Recent performances include: The Boston New Music Initiative; Electronic Music Midwest; The Splice Ensemble, Forcast New Music, and Cisum Percussion.
Mr. Hubbell resides in Vermont, with his wife, Dona and their dog, Coda.