Soul Has Many Motions, The

From Wind Repertory Project
John Mackey

John Mackey

General Info

Year: 2013
Duration: c. 15:35
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Osti Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $295.00   |   Score Only - $30.00


1. Violet Crown Fanfare - 2:33
2. Night on Fire - 3:50
3. Unquiet Spirits - 5:45
4. The Ringmaster's March - 3:00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Harp (optional)
Percussion (7 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Djembe (3: or other hand drum)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal (3)
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-tom (4)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In physics, a motion is a change; in geometry, a motion is a transformation. These four songs, written on the occasion of Richard Floyd's retirement from the University Interscholastic League, celebrate that moment of change and transformation by evoking many kinds of motion, of bodies and of the soul. Violet Crown Fanfare captures the movement of the heavens and the optimism of the wide-open West; Night on Fire suggests the wild dancing of a nomadic camp; Unquiet Spirits is a waltz full of longing and an otherworldly sweetness. The final movement, The Ringmaster's March, is a riotous Ivesian circus parade, a joyful noise in honor of a man who has always been at the center of the show.

Commissioned by a consortium of student music organizations at The University of Texas in recognition of Richard Floyd's tireless and passionate advocacy for music education in the state of Texas: Kappa Kappa Psi, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota, Tau Beta Sigma, and The University of Texas Student Music Educators Association. The work received its premiere on May 3, 2013, by the University of Texas Wind Symphony, conducted by Scott Hanna.

- Program Note by composer

For Richard Floyd.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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