In the World of Spirits
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
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Field Drum
- Gong (3)
- Mark Tree
- Piccolo Snare Drum
- Snare Drum
- Thunder Sheet
- Tom-Tom (3)
- Wind Chimes
None discovered thus far.
In the World of Spirits was inspired by a paragraph found in Empire of the Summer Moon, a book by S.C. Gwynne about the rise and fall of the Comanches. In it, the author describes the life of the Plains Indian as “a world ... of pure magic, of beaver ceremonies and eagle dances, of spirits that inhabited springs, trees, rock, turtles, and crows; a place where people danced all night and sang bear medicine songs, where wolf medicine made a person invulnerable to bullets, dream visions dictated tribal policy, and ghosts were alive in the wind…in the mystical cycles of the seasons, living in that random, terrifying, bloody, and intensely alive place where nature and divinity became one.”
In the World of Spirits is not a depiction of a specific spirit world, but instead a representation to some degree of the energy in the world of the spirit. It is the world of motion, of action, of feeling, of terror, of excitement. In short, it is the engine that drives the physical world and in which all things move and live.
Musically, the piece relies upon two main themes. The first one, which features a short burst of repeated notes followed by many leaping phrases, is initially hinted at in the flutes after a short introduction, and then presented in its entirety soon afterwards with the flutes and oboes. The second theme is much more declamatory and pompous, stated often with brass, chimes, and trilling woodwinds. These two themes interact to create the basic fast–slow–fast rhapsodic structure of the piece.
Although there is no story or program to the piece, In the World of Spirits is an attempt at a sort of “visual music,” music that stimulates by its musical associations various visual and dramatic images for the listener, i.e., ballet without the dancers or a movie without the screen.
In the World of Spirits was commissioned by and is dedicated to Scott A. Stewart and the Emory Wind Ensemble.
- Program Note from liner notes of CD In the World of Spirits
- In the World of Spirits has been recommended as interesting, serious and distinctive music by members of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).
- Audio CD: Emory Symphonic Winds (Scott A. Stewart, conductor) - 2012
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of North Texas (Denton) Symphonic Band (Dennis W. Fisher, conductor) – 13 February 2018
- University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 18 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic)
- University of Louisville (Ky.) Wind Ensemble (Frederick Speck, conductor) – 15 July 2015 - WASBE Conference, San Jose, Calif.
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Alone Yet Not Alone (arr. Graham) (2013)
- American Hero (2001)
- A Celebration Overture (2014)
- Concerto for Tuba and Winds (1987)
- Concerto for Piccolo and Wind Ensemble (orch. Bass) (1992/2005)
- Concerto for Trumpet, Euphonium, and Band
- Dinosaurs (Broughton) (1992)
- Excursions for Trumpet and Band (1995)
- Fanfare for 16 Horns (2015)
- Fanfares, Marches, Hymns & Finale (2003)
- From Sea to Shining Sea
- Frontier Overture, A (1982)
- Harlequin (1984)
- Heliotrope Bouquet
- In the World of Spirits (2012)
- Jag: Theme (2002)
- Masters of Space and Time
- New Era (2010)
- Oliver's Birthday (1998/2008)
- Open the Door! (2018)
- Overture to "Miracle on 34th Street" (arr. Vinson) (2007)
- Quaternity (2019)
- Silverado (1985)
- Spacious Skies (2017)
- Tent Meeting Revival (2014)
- Themes from "Silverado" (arr. Morsch) (1985)
- Turbulence (2013/2016)
- Bruce Broughton Website
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Bruce Broughton." Accessed 5 December 2014
- Worzbyt, Jason. "In the World of Spirits." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 913-920. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.