Please DONATE to help with maintenance and upkeep of the Wind Repertory Project!

Waking Angels

From Wind Repertory Project
Jump to navigation Jump to search
David Gillingham

David Gillingham


General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 11:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C. Alan Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone
Tuba
Piano
Harp
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum (4)
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum (4)
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Marimba
  • Metal Hanging Plates (5)
  • Police Whistle
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Waking Angels was inspired by the poem Mercy by Olga Broumas which is among a collection of poems on the subject of AIDS by various poets called Poems of Life. Broumas's poem makes reference to the "sea-smoke" rising from the ocean and how it is often referred to as the "breath of souls." The last stanza of the poem alludes to these lost souls that Broumas has been grieving for:

they leave, like waking angels rising
on a hint of wind, visible or unseen, a print,
a wrinkle of the water.

Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, AIDS has profoundly affected the world in which we live. Countless numbers of people have lost their lives to this merciless disease, and a cure is not yet within reach. Through the imagery of the music, Waking Angels emanates the mysteriousness, the pain and the ruthlessness of the disease. But it also provides us with the warmth and comfort of hope and the peace of eternity. One may recognize fragments of the old hymn, Softly and Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling, by Will Thompson which serves to unify the work. This, to me, is nostalgic, having grown up among the ambience of the old gospel hymns.

I have found the melody and text comforting over the years. The hymn motive goes through a degenerative process in the work paralleling the nature of the disease. My purpose in using the hymn tune is not necessarily religious. It simply provides a source of reflection -- to personally draw the listener into the music and toward a closer understanding of the pain and suffering of mankind.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: V


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Eastman School of Music (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor) - 20 November 2020
  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Symphony Band (Michael Hancock, conductor) – 23 November 2015
  • University of North Dakota Faculty Chamber Ensemble – 3 November 2011


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • David Gillingham website
  • Gillingham, D.; Broumas, O. (1997). Waking Angels [score]. C. Alan Publications: Greensboro, N.C.