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Roy Magnuson

Roy Magnuson

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General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 7:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Bandsmen humming and blowing silent air through instruments


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Program Notes

“In our darkest hour, we are reminded that all we love, all that we have loved, and all that we will ever love will be taken from us.

We feel the crushing weight of unimaginable loss.
But it is by bearing weight that we experience a true miracle of humanity.

In our darkest hour we cleave closest to those we know we will surely lose. In our darkest hour we knowingly, willingly, thankfully look our mortality straight in the eyes. In our darkest hour we stare down death and celebrate all that it means to be human.

Loss and love. Grief and grace. Heartache and hope.

In our darkest hour we know that this will all be torn from us.

Yet here we are, bound together.

Together, we cry, We hold each other.

Together, we pour out our hearts, and sing in memoriam.”

- Program Note by composer

Bound was written especially for the Tomah High School wind ensemble and commissioned by Charlie O’Brien in remembrance of Rebecca Wolf, a former THS student. This would have been her final high school concert.

Wolf was involved in marching band, pep band, concert band and wind ensemble, and O’Brien remembers her as a skilled musician. “I wanted to do something to remember her by because I feel that since band was such a big part of her life, we had to do something more to remember her,” he said. “So I thought it was a good idea to have a piece composed for her. She was an extremely talented saxophone player and extremely talented band student,” he said.

The saxophone will be featured heavily in the piece, O’Brien said. “(The saxophone is) prominent and important in the piece called ‘Bound,’” he said. “Throughout the piece you’ll hear a lot of saxophone because it’s the instrument she played.”

- Program Note from Tomah Journal


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State Ratings

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  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Joseph Manfredo, conductor) – 28 October 2016
  • Tomah High School Wind Ensemble (Charlie O'Brien, conductor) – 6 May 2016 *Premiere Performance*

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