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Walter Mays

Walter Mays

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General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 12:50
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Mansucript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Players vocalizing


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Program Notes

Walter Mays writes about his work Dreamcatcher:

According to the Ojibwa people, dreams, both good and bad, float about in the night air. Above the sleeper hangs a magic hoop delicately crisscrossed with animal sinews and decorated with feathers. The good dreams, knowing the way, pass through freely. The bad dreams, not knowing the way, become entangled in the dreamcatcher and are dissolved by the first light of day.

The opening and closing sections of Dreamcatcher are inspired by the light, aerial nature of the dreamcatcher, and the restfulness of sleep. The middle section suggests a recurring nightmare. Many rhythms and motives have been influenced by Native American music.

Dreamcatcher was commissioned by the Wichita State University Symphonic Band.

- Program Note from Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music


  • National Bandmasters Association/William D. Revelli Award, 1996

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Symphonic Band (Anthony Falcone, conductor) – 5 March 2019
  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Orchestra (William Talley, conductor) – 4 February 2019
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra (Dallas, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) – 15 October 2017
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 5 December 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer