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Eyes of the World Are Upon You, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Jennifer Jolley (photo: Tina Gutierrez)

Jennifer Jolley


General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 10:35
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: ADJ-ective New Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $45.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo I-II
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II-III
English Horn
Bassoon I-II-III
Contra-Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone I-II
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum (2)
  • Chimes
  • Siren, high
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Last summer I read an article in the New York Times entitled “Texas Lawmakers Pass a Bill Allowing Guns at Colleges,” which stated that “students and faculty members at public and private universities in Texas could be allowed to carry concealed handguns into classrooms, dormitories, and other buildings...” In a grim coincidence the article also noted that the new campus carry law would go in effect on the fiftieth anniversary of the UT Tower Shootings.

This chilled me.

UT Austin was the scene of the nation’s first campus mass shooting. On Monday, August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman murdered his mother and wife, then climbed to the top of the University of Texas Tower and fired his first shots just before noon. The killing spree went on for ninety-six minutes until Whitman was gunned down; seventeen people were killed.

It has been almost fifty-one years since this shocking event, and many things have changed. There are now campus police forces, and significant improvements to mental health services were also made in the aftermath of the shooting. The UT Tower Shooting is both a tragic living history, as well as a celebration of resilience. As stated by the UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves at the Tower Memorial Rededication, “We will never eliminate the memory of the horror that consumed this campus on August 1, 1966. Nor should we try. But by focusing on the good -- on the stories of the heroes and lives of the survivors here with us this afternoon -- we can finally begin to remember and endure our burden of the past.”

This piece is a celebration of life: to those who died that day, but also to those who survived.

The Eyes of the World Are Upon You was commissioned for the University of Texas Wind Ensemble by the Alpha Tau Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Anthony C. Marinello, conductor) – 27 April 2019
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Winds (Emily Threinen, conductor) – 6 March 2019
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisc.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Arau, conductor) – 24 February 2019
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Band (Peter Haberman, conductor) – 10 February 2019
  • University of Cincinnati (Ohio) College-Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony (Kevin Michael Holzman, conductor) – 6 February 2019
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) – 5 December 2018

The Hartt Wind Ensemble (West Hartford, Conn.) (James Jackson, conductor) – 2 November 2018

  • University of Miami (Coral Gables) Frost Wind Ensemble (Robert Carnochan, conductor) – 28 October 2018
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Symphonic Band (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 8 October 2018
  • Texas Woman's University (Denton) Wind Symphony (Carter Biggers, conductor) – 6 October 2018
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 3 October 2018
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russell C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 26 September 2018
  • Miami University (Miami, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (Gary A. Speck, conductor) – 23 February 2018 (CBDNA 2018 North Central Conference, Kalamazoo, Mich.)
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Travis J. Cross, conductor) – 23 February 2018
  • University of Texas, Austin, Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Jonathan Gunn, clarinet; Brian Lewis, violin) – 18 March 2017 (CBDNA 2017 National Conference, Kansas City, Mo.) *Premiere Performance*


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