C Piccolo/Flute IV
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
(Percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
The piece was inspired by the idea of seven chakras. It is not intended to portray the sound of each chakra and not for meditation; rather, it is an experiment in the force and energy in music. The piece starts with chaotic sound that introduces the main musical idea that transforms into the energy source for the whole piece. Chakra focuses on linear musical lines that merge into one big movement from the beginning to the end of the piece. All changes in the piece are slow in order to imitate the change of energy in Chakra. Timbre change is one of the most important characteristics. It slowly transforms from one instrument to another to emulate the movement of chakra through the body. The composer writes: "Let the energy of the piece moves you without resisting."
- Program Note from Teaching Music through Performance in Band
Commissioned by Illinois State University Wind Symphony. First performed on April 22, 2007, by Illinois State University Wind Symphony, Stephen K. Steele, conductor; the Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, Normal, Ill., USA.
- Program Note by composer
- Audio: Reference recording. Ensemble and conductor unknown
- Audio CD: Texas Tech University Symphonic Band (Sarah McKoin, conductor) - 2009
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Ithaca (N.Y.) College Wind Ensemble (Christopher Hughes, conductor) – 12 December 2019
- University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor) – 2 February 2018
- Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff) Wind Symphony (Daniel Schmidt, conductor) – 12 March 2010 (CBDNA 2010 Western/Northwestern Division Conference (Reno, Nev.)
- University of California, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Nipatdh Kanchanahuta, conductor) – 2 March 2011
- Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Stephen K. Steele, conductor) - 22 April 2007 *Premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by This Composer
- The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 446.
- Kanchanahud, Nipat. "Chakra." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 931-938. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
- Narong Prangcharoen website Accessed 11 February 2017
- Prangcharoen, N. (2007). Chakra [score]. Theodore Prresser Co.: King of Prussia, Penn.