Symphony II (Ticheli)
Eb Clarinet (Movement I only)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contrabass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone III (Bass)
Timpani (also plays medium triangle) Percussion (5-6 players), including:
- Bass Drum
- Cymbal (crash, small suspended, medium suspended)
- Snare Drum
- Temple Blocks
- Triangle (small, medium)
- Vibraphone (motor off)
- Woodblocks (mounted)
- Clarinet I, Mvmt I, m. 168: the last sixteenth note of beat 1 should be a B-flat, not a C. / Mvmt. III, m. 63-64, beat one, the first note in each measure should be B-flat, not B-natural.
The symphony's three movements refer to celestial light -- Shooting Stars, the Moon, and the Sun.
Although the title for the first movement, "Shooting Stars," came after its completion, I was imagining such quick flashes of color throughout the creative process. White-note clusters are sprinkled everywhere, like streaks of bright light. High above, the Eb clarinet shouts out the main theme, while underneath, the low brasses punch out staccatissimo chords that intensify the dance-like energy. Fleeting events of many kinds are cut and pasted at unexpected moments, keeping the ear on its toes. The movement burns quickly, and ends explosively, scarcely leaving a trail.
The second movement, "Dreams Under a New Moon," depicts a kind of journey of the soul as represented by a series of dreams. A bluesy clarinet melody is answered by a chant-like theme in muted trumpet and piccolo. Many dream episodes follow, ranging from the mysterious, to the dark, to the peaceful and healing. A sense of hope begins to assert itself as rising lines are passed from one instrument to another. Modulation after modulation occurs as the music lifts and searches for resolution. Near the end, the main theme returns in counterpoint with the chant, building to a majestic climax, then falling to a peaceful coda. The final B-flat major chord is colored by a questioning G-flat.
The finale, "Apollo Unleashed," is perhaps the most wide-ranging movement of the symphony, and certainly the most difficult to convey in words. On the one hand, the image of Apollo, the powerful ancient god of the sun, inspired not only the movement's title, but also its blazing energy. Bright sonorities, fast tempos, and galloping rhythms combine to give a sense of urgency that one often expects from a symphonic finale. On the other hand, its boisterous nature is also tempered and enriched by another, more sublime force, Bach's Chorale BWV 433 (Wer Gott vertraut, hat wohl gebaut). This chorale -- a favorite of the dedicatee, and one he himself arranged for chorus and band -- serves as a kind of spiritual anchor, giving a soul to the gregarious foreground events. The chorale is in ternary form (ABA'). In the first half of the movement, the chorale's A and B sections are stated nobly underneath faster paced music, while the final A section is saved for the climactic ending, sounding against a flurry of 16th-notes.
My second symphony is dedicated to James E. Croft upon his retirement as Director of Bands at Florida State University in 2003. It was commissioned by a consortium of Dr. Croft's doctoral students, conducting students and friends as a gesture of thanks for all he has given to the profession.
-Program Note by Frank Ticheli
- NBA/Revelli Award (2006)
- MP3 of Movement I at the Manhattan Beach Music site
- MP3 of Movement II at the Manhattan Beach Music site
- MP3 of Movement III at the Manhattan Beach Music site
- Florida: VI (any movement)
- Virginia: VI (playing all movements counts as two works)
- Grade IV: Movement 3
- Grade V: Movements 1 or 2
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Arkansas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Christopher Anderson, conductor) - 12 February 2012
- University of California, Santa Barbara, Wind Ensemble (Paul Bambach, conductor) - 3 March 2011
- Florida International University Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, conductor) - 18 November 2010
- San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra [Movement III] (Christopher J. Woodruff, conductor) - 20 March 2010
- West Liberty University Wind Ensemble (Matthew Inkster, conductor) - 28 April 2009
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Amazing Grace
- An American Elegy
- Angels in the Architecture
- Blue Shades
- Cajun Folk Songs, Part One
- Cajun Folk Songs, Part Two
- Earth Song for Band (2012)
- Gaian Visions
- Joy Revisited
- Loch Lomond
- Music for Winds and Percussion (withdrawn)
- Pacific Fanfare
- Portrait of a Clown
- Rest (2011)
- San Antonio Dances (2010)
- Shaker Gift Song, A
- Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs
- Sun Dance
- Symphony No. 1 (tr. Green)
- Symphony No. 2
- Wild Nights!
- Frank Ticheli's site at Manhattan Beach Music.
- Interpreting Frank Ticheli's Symphony No. 2 National Band Association Website
- McCutchen, Mathew G. (2009) An Examination of the History and Winning Pieces of the National Band Association's Composition Contest: 1977-2008. Doctoral Dissertation.