Tim Hambourger earned his PhD in composition at Duke University in 2013. He has written works for chamber ensemble, for solo piano (his primary instrument), and for solo voice and choir. His dissertation, Last Wave Reached, is an extended setting of poems by Kay Ryan for three female singers and large chamber ensemble. It was premiered with Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek and the Wet Ink Ensemble in March 2013.
“Ta-Ma-Ra-Boom-Dee-Aye” is one of those well-known melodies that sounds like Looney Tunes or old movies (it even turned up as the theme song to Howdy Doody). This setting fills out the melody with contrasting tempos and new harmonies, but at its heart it is an over-the-top celebration of the original.
“Timothy Hambourger,” Duke Library Exhibits, accessed March 2, 2015, http://exhibits.library.duke.edu/items/show/22029.
Last published April 21, 2010 7:03:32 PM EDT