Breakaway for Two Trumpets and Electronics was written on commission by Raymond Mase and Kevin Cobb. Intrigued with the idea of an electronic accompaniment, they approached me with the proposal of a concert work where re- corded electronics would mingle with their analog trumpet timbres. I was immediately taken by this idea because it allowed me to delve into a world of sound to which I had only minimal exposure. The first issue I encountered was the lack of flexibility in the accompaniment because it would have to be a fixed CD “performance”. I decided that the work had to be written with a strong rhythmic pulse easily recognized from whatever sound system Ray and Kevin would encounter. Since rhythm is a strong component of my music anyway, the composing felt natural and was very satisfying.