Twelve year old Samuel Vaughan’s composition, “The Sacrifice of the Primes,” is based off of the final chapter of the Covenant of Primus, a Transformers novel. The snare drum is used as a pickaxe throughout the first section, haunting Megatron, who was forced to work in the mines, a fate which caused him to start the Decepticons. The second and third sections introduce the Autobots, who retaliate against the Decepticons, causing a great battle. As the battle slowly ends, the final section begins, showing a ravaged planet. Sadly, Optimus Prime sees only one way to repair the planet, by sacrificing himself. Therefore, he rises up and jets into the air, diving into the well of the AllSpark, never to emerge, joining his fellow Primes who previously sacrificed themselves for the greater good. The glockenspiel signifies the tears shed by the Autobots for their fallen comrades and Optimus Prime.
Samuel’s first full orchestral piece, “The Sacrifice of the Primes, was performed at the age of eleven in May of 2017 by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra as part of the Young Composers Project under Ilona Vukovic-Gay. He enjoys musical composition and plans to continue, his goal being to compose full length symphonies one day in the near future.
“The Sacrifice of the Primes” will be performed by the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra on January 13th at the Winter Concert, “Music & Movies”.
Tickets for the Winter Concert are now on sale at Safeway, Dillard’s, Oscar Yrun community Center, and the Sierra Vista Area Chamber of Commerce.