Duration: c. 18:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown
C Piccolo/Flute III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
- Tom-toms (4)
- Triangles (2)
None discovered thus far.
Horizon is commissioned by Texas State University to commemorate the centennial celebration of its band. From the moment I began sketching, I knew the music would be bold, expansive, symphonic in scope. I wanted to create music that would mark this special occasion.
This work travels through points of extremity. The music begins with an outburst in the percussion. Though the opening section is somewhat subdued -- woodwind solos flourishing and elaborating disparate fragments over a single sustained bass note -- and though the piece ends with a mountainous surge -- it is the journey between these boundaries that occupied much of my attention in the writing process. On this expedition are moments of great complexity; other stretches are simple and unassuming. Long soaring melodies are contrasted with rapid dissipating flashes of light. Densely chromatic harmonic progressions travel far from any tonal center just as other oscillating motives elaborate a single harmony. Texture and orchestral color are in constant flux, yet a solitary bassoon passively sings uninterrupted for over a minute. At the center of the work is a soft sustained chorale built on a four-note melody. It is the one moment where all perpetual motion is suspended.
Though the work could be described as one large ABA structure, in a very real sense it is made of many peaks and valleys, countless rises and falls, one phrase leading to another, no two of them identical.
Horizon is dedicated to Dr. John C. Schmidt, among my foremost instructors at Texas State, in honor of his much-deserved retirement.
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None discovered thus far.
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- Texas State University (San Marcos) Wind Symphony (Caroline Beatty, conductor) – 10 October 2021 *premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Affirmation (2014)
- Flashback (1996/2016)
- Horizon (2021)
- Momentum (1997)
- River Sanctuary (1998)
- A Solemn Place (2013)
- Song for Silent Voices (2018)
- Tower Ascending (2009)
- Wayne Oquin website Accessed 11 October 2021