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Thaw, The

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Andrea Reinkemeyer

Andrea Reinkemeyer

Subtitle: For Soprano, Tenor, Mixed Choir and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Andrea Reinkemeyer
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
English Horn
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum (large concert)
  • Bongos
  • China Cymbals
  • Kick Drum
  • Marimba
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Tam-tam (large)
  • Temple Blocks (5)
  • Tom-toms (2)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes (2: metallic)
  • Wind Gong
  • Wood Blocks (2)

Solo Soprano
Solo Tenor
SATB Choir


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

I was drawn to the vivid detail and sensuality of Artis Henderson’s writing style, especially her honest portrayal of emotional pain and healing. Her poem, The Thaw, was written for this project; it draws upon imagery from Oregon’s rich, natural beauty to explore themes of love, loss and healing. The form of the musical work follows the text from a stunned and frozen stasis through the warming of spring.

The Thaw for Soprano, Tenor, Mixed Choir and Wind Ensemble (2016) was commissioned by Rodney Dorsey for the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble and University Singers who premiered the piece on May 28, 2016, in the Silva Concert Hall at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Eugene, Oregon). This work is dedicated to the memory of University of Oregon mentors Anne Dhu McLucas, Lawrence Maves, Steven Larsen, and Charles Dowd.

I am grateful for artistic support from Rodney Dorsey, Artis Henderson, Sharon Paul, Brian and Kaisa Amer.

- Program Note by composer

The Thaw

I am the bud curled tight against the cold.
I am the bulb beneath the snow.
I am the white sky, the long night, the crack and shudder of ice.

I wait beside the adder’s tongue, the cobra lily, the purple hyacinth
for the soil to stir and the river to swell.
I wait through mist and hail.

I am fog and breath and cloud.
I am the cherries on the branches, too green.
I am rain.
And rain.
And rain.
And then –

I am the windows flung open to catch the sun,
my mouth like cherries,
the heat building in me.

I am leaf-touched, sun-tasted, petal-kissed.
I am wind and light and sky.
I am the cleft in the ridge; I am the river –
roaring, roaring,
flooded with rain.

- Artis Henderson


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) - 28 May 2016 *Premiere Performance*

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