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Relentless Warrior, The

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John Wasson

John Wasson


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General Info

Year: 2020
Duration:
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
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
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano (optional)
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Relentless Warrior was conceived as a musical portrait from the viewpoint of a lone warrior, bound and determined to achieve his goal of victory in battle. The 7/8 meter was chosen to provide a sense of urgency and unrelenting drive throughout the work, and the minor key highlights the somber and sometimes bleak nature of human conflict. As battles often ebb and flow as various advances occur, so the piece transitions through many varied musical settings, ranging from ominous to epic to quiet moments of repose, while the driving ostinato rhythm continues unhindered beneath. The work provides every section of the band a chance to be featured in the spotlight, and offers various technical challenges both individual and ensemble as the band works together to create a large-scale portrait of conflict, ending in resolution in a bright, victorious major chord with the ostinato driving to the end.

The Relentless Warrior was written by commission from the Cockrill Middle School Band under the direction of Gary Williams and was premiered as a part of the band's honor band appearance at the 2020 TMEA Convention in San Antonio.

- Program Note by composer


Media

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State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • John Wasson, personal correspondence, January 2020
  • John Wasson website Accessed 28 December 2017