E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Suspended Cymbal
- Tubular Bells
None discovered thus far.
Commissioned by the Rancho Buena Vista High School Wind Ensemble for the 2014 California All‐State Music Education Conference, Eric Weirather, conductor , World Premiere February 21st, 2014 -Program Note from score
Praise! was composed in the fall of 2013 for Rancho Buena Vista High School Wind Ensemble to perform at the 2014 California All-State Music Education Conference. When Mr. Weirather asked me to commission a piece for the group, I recalled many conversations we had about music, composers, and what inspired us both to make a career in the arts. It was from these conversations that I began my creative journey for Praise!
In my creative process I like to use the energy from the group to facilitate what I am writing for, and about, to be an organic experience from within myself. In this case, the group’s energy helped facilitate thoughts of my father, which I found to be very profound, since he had passed when I was nine years old. As a boy I remember him as a loving father and husband with an immense faith whose favorite holiday was Christmas. It was these thoughts and energies that led me to the Doxology “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.” This particular Doxology is from the last verse of two hymns by Thomas Ken (1637-1711) in 1674, titled Awake, my soul, and with the sun and Glory to thee, my god, this night and set to the hymn Old 100th which is attributed to the French Renaissance composer Louis Bourgeois (c. 1510-c.1560) in 1551.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise him above, ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
It was at this point in my creative journey that I began to feel my father’s presence immensely. I reflected on a dream I had when I was 11 years old. I had fallen asleep on the living room couch and dreamt that my father came to me. I asked him, “What are you doing here”? He told me he was there to say goodbye. I asked why, and he said, “I just have to go but I will always watch over you”. As I began to ask him to stay he started walking towards an extremely bright light; this is the last time I saw my father. It was my father’s energies that allowed me to hear the sounds of Christmas, which in turn led me to compose 'Praise!
Praise! is dedicated to my mother and father, to those who have impacted my life positively and negatively and to the music educators, composers, and musicians, past and present, who have inspired me. To Mr. Weirather and The Rancho Buena Vista High School Wind Ensemble, thank you for the inspiration and experience; I give you Thanks and Praise!
-Program Note by composer.
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- Rancho Buena Vista (Calif.) High School Wind Ensemble (Eric Weirather, conductor) - 21 February 2014 - World premiere
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