Escape from Plato's Cave
1. The Cave, The Struggle, and The Man from the Light
2. Message of the Man (The Fragile Heart)
3. Escape... Into the LIGHT!
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
- Wind Chimes
None discovered thus far.
In Plato's allegory The Cave, Man is deprived of knowing the Truth, but in this story, we are given the chance to escape the darkness and move with hopeful purpose into the Light! Spine-chilling drama guides us to the Glorious conclusion! Many interesting and contrasting musical concepts from tuning, phrasing, exploration of rhythmic intensity and vast dynamic changes present themselves for a great learning experience.
- Program Note from publisher
Plato tells a story in which cave-dwellers are deprived the knowledge of the Light outside. In this story, Escape from Plato's Cave, the people of the Underworld are visited by a Man from the Light. He tells them of a wondrous world... outside. Some Cave-dwellers struggle against the would-be listeners, using chains to forever imprison them in the shadows of the Cave. His message heard, a few take on the challenge of the Escape and eventually, through noble battle and dark journey, emerge from the shadowy underworld... Into the Light!
At the very moment I had reached that transitory moment in the third movement, the transcendence from “D”ark to “G”od, the phone rang. Father Peter Rinaldi had died. As a boy growing up, so often running to him at recess and serving mass with him every day of the summer, he taught me, by action, the Message of “the Man”... a message of Love. He literally gave me the shirt off his back one day, no show, no lesson, only Love. His entire Life was in dedication to something higher... a Prayer to that which humbled him. My young adult novel, Only for Now, was dedicated to him, his name that of the main character. Subconsciously, I’ve quoted the nine-movement wind ensemble suite, my first piece, inspired by that book.
Now, Father Rinaldi has gone... into the Light. He would not have me dedicate anything to him. His eyes were always looking upward... beyond himself. But, to him, another Man from the Light... I bow humbly and offer back that which was, and never really will be mine to give.
- Program Note by composer
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Virginia Tech University (Blacksburg, Va.) Campus Band (Chad Reep, conductor) – 29 April 2018
- Hofstra University (Hempstead, N.Y.) Symphonic Band (Peter Boonshaft, conductor) – 3 December 2016
- Washington and Lee Wind Ensemble - 29 October 2013
- San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra (William V. Johnson, conductor) - 15 October 2005
Works for Winds by This Composer
- America the Brave (1981)
- Aurora (1998)
- Ben Hur (as arranger) (1959/2008)
- Concerto for Violin and Band (2000)
- David (1995)
- The Defenders of Truefire! (1996)
- Escape from Plato's Cave (1993)
- Finest Hour! (2000)
- Forbidden Fortress (1997)
- Godspeed! (1997)
- HAJJ (2000)
- Honor, Courage...Commitment (1996/1998)
- I Shall Hear in Heaven
- In a Cause Called "Glorious" (2001)
- In the Beginning (1992)
- Millennium (1997)
- O Come Holy Night! (1993)
- Once More Unto the Breach (2004)
- The Shoemaker (1999/2006)
- The Speech of Angels (1998)
- Three Musical Haikus for Band (1984)
- Time to Take Back the Knights! (1999)
- Triumph at CHO-SIN! (1996)
- Under the Cover of Night ... Into the Light of Day! (1993)
- The Universe Below
- A Walk in Jurassic Park. See: In the Beginning
- Without Warning (1996)
- WU (2008)
- Melillo, S. (1993). Escape from Plato's Cave [score]. STORMWorks.