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Dana Wilson

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Subtitle: Concerto for Flute and Chamber Winds

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 16:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Flute with chamber ensemble
Publisher: Dana Wilson
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $165.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


1. - 6:05
2. - 8:05
3. - 2:15


Full Score
Solo Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
String Bass

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Conjurer is inspired by the world’s shamanic traditions. The piece is ritualistic, while not trying to replicate any particular tradition.

A shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of good and evil spirits, especially among some peoples of northern Asia and the Americas. Typically such people enter a trance state during a ritual, and practice divination and healing. “Conjurer" is the related English term (originating in middle English: “con” (“with”) + “jurare” (“law”)--a person who has the power to solemnly call upon spirits by invocation or spell.

The flutist in this piece is the conjurer, who in the first movement calls forth the spirits. As they emerge, the spirits begin a ritualistic dance, hesitant at first but then ever more intensely, as the flute’s conjuring commands. Finally, the conjurer departs, having accomplished both exorcism and ablution.

Commissioned by a consortium of flutists and wind ensembles, premiered by flutist Gabe Southard, April, 2015.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer

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