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Blow, Eastern Winds

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Joseph T. Spaniola

Joseph Spaniola


General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 6:24
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Musica Propria
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $140.00   |   Score Only (print) - $30.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum, Concert
  • Bass Drum, Small
  • Bell Tree
  • Bongos
  • Cabasa
  • China Cymbals
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Surdo
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Timbales
  • Tom-Tom
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This piece was commissioned by and for the Eastern Wind Symphony [Hillsborough, N.J.]. I set out to celebrate the group's joyful commitment to making high-quality music and to commemorate its twenty successful seasons as a performing ensemble. It is a vibrant group in delightful motion -- the Eastern Winds in delightful motion. Simply stated, sound is air in motion. To make sounds, something must set the air into motion. Blowing is the manner in which most members of the wind ensemble set the air into motion. Rather than the ominous ill wind of yore, imagine blowing winds from the east -- wind both gentle and turbulent, an exuberant flow of invisible streams of air with the confluence of currents and crosscurrents. Be it a soft, restrained yet powerful breeze, a collision of violent cross currents resulting in fierce storms, or an exhilarating, free-flowing stream that leave whirls and swirls in its wake, they all are, like the Eastern Wind Symphony, dynamic, full of energy and unstoppable. When the players encounter the indication "Blow!" in their part, they should forcefully blow air through their mouth (not the instrument) to produce the effect of winds.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • Sacramento (Calif.) State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Matthew Morse, conductor) – 4 December 2019
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Wind Ensemble (Craig V. Hamilton, conductor) – 7 March 2017
  • Eastern Wind Symphony (Hillsborough, N.J.) (Todd Nichols, conductor) - 18 December 2015 (2015 Midwest Clinic) - *Premiere Performance*


Works for Winds by this Composer


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