Piece of Mind
Oboe I-II (doubles English Horn)
Eb Soprano Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:
- Antique Cymbal
- Bass Drum
- Bell Tree
- Cymbals (small, medium, and large crash, suspended)
- Finger Cymbals
- Gong (small and large) (Tam-tam)
- Snare Drum
- Triangle (small)
- Tubular Bells
(As provided by www.danawilson.org):
m. 113: dots missing on all half notes; the percussion I part stops at the end of bar 113, but the score shows that it should continue also in bar 114 like Percussion II part. Score is correct.
a. sax: 52, 54 (1st), 55: C natural
t. sax 52, 54, 55: F natural
clar 2: 54 C#
clar 3: 54 G#
clar: 24: slurs not in parts clar 1,2 (score only): 73 no F
fl (part): 55 rhythm
pno 58 bass clef in lower staff (part is okay)
tuba: 69 tie into next measure
Fl 1: 55 B not G on beat 4
54 says “a3”; several flutes can double, but technically there’s only a fl. 1 part for second mvmt.
Clar.2,3: 94 tie
Clar and bssn: 21 “p”
Pno: m. 13 G#; 42 (score only) add 5’s for quintuplets
Fl and marimba: 59 very last note: Db
Bass: 71 dotted eighth/sixteenth on beat one
m. 64: rhythm of one of ww part might be wrong.
Clar 1: 123 stacc. On A
124 tenuto as in 122
127 stacc. On C#
Bssn I and B. Clar. (part only) : 81 beat 3: sixteenth instead of eighth
Tbn: 113 tied D#
Piece of Mind is a musical pun on an old expression. It is composer Dana Wilson's representation of the workings of the human mind. The first movement, "Thinking", begins with a very simple four note idea which grows seemingly of its own inertia - as thinking about something often does - while sometimes being joined or overwhelmed by other, related ideas.
"Remembering", the second movement, is structured in a manner similar to the way memory serves most of us - not as complete, logical thought, but as abrupt flashes of images or dialogue. In this case, the flashes provide a view of the original four-note idea through various musical styles vividly entrenched in the composer's own memory and hopefully, that of much of the audience.
The third movement, "Feeling", explores various states throughout the emotional spectrum, and the final movement, "Being", addresses a mental state that is rarely considered in our culture. Non-Western - particularly East Indian - musical styles are called upon to shape the four-note idea so as to conjure up and celebrate this marvelous attribute (this peice, this peace...) of mind.
Piece of Mind was premiered in New York City by the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble under the direction of Rodney Winther.
Program Note from Printed Score
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Knightwind Ensemble [Milwaukee, Wisc.] (Erik Janners, conductor) - 1 April 2012
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Black Nightshade (2004) -- for four percussionists and wind symphony
- Colorado Peaks (2005)
- Dance of the New World (1992)
- Day Dreams (2006)
- Evolution (1999)
- Kah! Out of Darkness (1999)
- Liquid Ebony (2006)
- Odysseus and the Sirens (2008)
- Piece of Mind (1987)
- Shakata: Singing the World into Existence (1989)
- Shortcut Home (1998)
- ...the harder they fall (2004)
- To Set the Darkness Echoing (2005)
- Uprising (1995)
- Vortex (1999)
- When I am Gone Away (2006)
- Dana Wilson - Official Website
- Ferrari, Lois. (2007). Two Symphonic Wind Ensemble Compositions of Dana Wilson: Piece of Mind, Shakata: Singing the World Into Existence Doctoral Paper.