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Christopher Stark

Christopher Stark

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Subtitle: Five Dream Episodes

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 11:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Sommerso Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental

Movements (played without pause)

1. Waves with Spectra
2. Pulse with Collapsing Phrases and Echoes
3. Nostalgia Slow Dance with Rewind
4. Stippled Canon with Bells
5. Velocity Meadows


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Program Notes

Velocity Meadows is an eleven-minute concertino for solo oboe, chamber winds, electronics, and video. I was asked to compose this piece by oboist Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh and conductor James Smart who both teach at the University of Montana where I studied as an undergraduate.

I themed the piece around Western landscapes because of the geographical connection to the commissioners, and the title is taken from a poem by the recently deceased American poet Mark Strand. For me, the title perfectly encapsulates the sound image I have in my head of western Montana: landscapes that bustle with natural life and kinetic energy, set in stark relief to intimidatingly large expanses of glacially carved geologic formations. In Strand’s poem, he impressionistically describes an eerie dream-like pastorale, which immediately repositioned me into one of my recurring dreams: it is dusk, and I am standing behind my childhood home in Montana as an ominous red light glows on the other side of the snow-capped Mission Mountains from the east.

The concept of dreaming inspired the form and content of the work, and it is constructed out of a series of five short surrealist episodes. I combined different influences and inspirations within each episode with complete disregard for whether they belonged together or not—a technique I first encountered during my studies with Montana-based composer, David Maslanka. The experimental video adds yet another dimension to the ambience of the work—made by designer and artist Andrew Lucia, and it is my hope that through the combination of these different elements the work will, perhaps unknowingly, express the time and place in which we live and dream.

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State Ratings

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  • Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (James Spinazzola, conductor; Emily DiAngelo, oboe) – 6 March 2016
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble(Robert Taylor, conductor; Beth Orson, oboe) – 12 February 2016 - *Premiere Canadian Performance*
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) Wind Ensemble (Paul W. Popiel, conductor) – 6 February 2016
  • Hodgson Winds (University of Georgia, Athens) (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor; Reid Messich, oboe; Andrew Lucia, video) – 15 September 2015
  • University of Montana Symphonic Wind Ensemble (James Smart, conductor; Jennifer Gookin Cavanaugh, oboe) – 3 March 2015 – *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer