As the dark, dramatic sounds of woodwinds, brass, and percussion build, Nissen sways back and forth and again pulls out his imaginary baton. The piece, which he says will eventually be a twenty-minute concert work, already has the sound of an epic movie soundtrack. But Nissen adds that it still needs a lot of work. "Why be mediocre?" he asks. "There's enough of that around."
[Originally published in January, 2013.]