Troublesome Fire

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James M. David

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Subtitle: In Memory of Clear Skies

General Info

Year: 2022
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: James M. David
Cost: Score and Parts – Available July 2023


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Program Notes

During the summer and fall of 2020, Colorado experienced the largest and most destructive wildfires in its entire history. Western U.S. wildfires have become an all too common occurrence as human-caused climate change has continued to affect the environment in dramatic fashion. The Cameron Peak and East Troublesome Fires burned hundreds of thousands of acres in portions of Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding national forests, only a couple dozen miles from my own home. A gigantic pyrocumulonimbus cloud rose above the mountains and could be seen from hundreds of miles away. Ash fell for weeks and the sun was obscured almost completely during the fire's peak. Were it not for an unexpectedly early and heavy snow, the damage could have been exponentially worse.

My new piece deals with the anger, fear, and frustration I felt during these fires and continue to linger as our fragile and beautiful planet remains in such peril. In a single movement, my composition will depict the progression of these events, from the initial spark (theorized to be caused by stray gunfire), to the incredible destructive climax, and concluding with the anxious calm of a snow-covered field with embers still smoldering beneath. Aleatoric techniques, myriad percussion, and a digital soundscape will enhance the already dramatic palette of the wind ensemble. A major source of inspiration that is referenced throughout is Scriabin's Vers la Flamme ("Towards the Flame") which the pianist Horowitz claimed was a depiction of a cataclysmic heat and fire that would consume the earth.

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  • University of South Carolina (Columbia) Wind Ensemble (Cody Ray, conductor) - 16 April 2023
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Christopher C. Chapman, conductor) - 21 February 2023
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Wind Symphony (John Cody Birdwell, conductor) - 28 January 2023

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