From Wind Repertory Project
James M. David

James M David

Subtitle: Scherzo for Madeleine

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 4:05
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: James M. David
Cost: Score and Parts – Available December 2023


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Piano (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gliockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Mark Tree
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-tam
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

My absolute favorite book from middle school was Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, the classic science fiction novel from 1962. A wonderfully rich cast of characters are thrust into a world beyond their comprehension, but it is only through empathy and friendship that they are able to struggle forward.

Central to the story is the fictional form of travel called the "tesseract" that involves transcending the bonds of our four dimensions to move light years in an instant. In the novel, the protagonist Meg and her companions use a tesseract to travel to the beautiful planet Uriel where they fly above powerful, centaur-like beings and confront "The Black Thing" for the first time.

My composition will depict this fantastic journey across dimensions in the form of a propulsive and energetic scherzo. Opening with mysterious crystalline textures for metallic percussion and woodwinds, a powerful accelerando follows from brass and drums to depict the dramatic tesseract itself. This gives way to "the flight above the centaurs" with a shift to a rollicking ostinato. After a brief terrifying encounter with "The Black Thing" the work concludes triumphantly as the journey ends for now.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (Myron Peterson, conductor) - 1 May 2023
  • Waukee (Iowa) Middle School 7th Grade Band (Mary Crandell, conductor) – 3 April 2023 *Premiere Performance*

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