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Enchanted Falls

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Edward Martin

Edward Martin


General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ed Martin
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $250.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium
Tuba
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum (2)
  • Suspended Cymbal, high and low
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • Tenor Drum
  • Tom-Tom (4)
  • Triangle (2)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Enchanted Falls, for wind ensemble, was inspired by a visit to Pedernales Falls State Park in Central Texas when I proposed to my wife Amy, to whom this piece is dedicated. In composing this piece, I attempted to convey both the beauty and serenity of the Pedernales River and the excitement and anticipation of that day.

The two musical ideas that serve as the framework for the piece are the pentatonic scale and the opening line of a song that I composed for Amy a few years earlier. The work opens with several statements of the pentatonic "river motive." This motive gradually multiplies and assumes the role of an accompanying texture to the two primary melodies of the piece. One of these two melodies, which is also based on the pentatonic scale, is first anticipated by woodwind fragments heard about fifteen bars into the piece. The melody as a whole is not heard until an extended English horn solo in the middle of the work, and is used as the basis for a chorale at the climax of the piece.

The opening line of the earlier song serves two functions throughout the piece. In the first large section of music, it is stated three times as a melody against the "river motive" texture. It also appears as a separate fanfare idea in transitional passages throughout the work.

- Program Note by composer


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Lakeshore Wind Ensemble (Marc Sackman, conductor) – 21 October 2017


Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Ed Martin website Accessed 20 October 2017
  • Edward Martin, personal correspondence, October 2017
  • Martin, E. (2001). Enchanted Falls for Large Wind Ensemble [score]. University of Texas at Austin: M. of Music.