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Peter Van Zandt Lane

Peter Van Zandt Lane

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Subtitle: For Wind Ensemble and Electronic Sound

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts – Available after May 2020


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
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
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III

(percussion detail desired)

Electronics (fixed audio)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

My interest in technology in society has served as inspiration for a good amount of my recent compositional output. Actually, a number of my compositions don't just use technology, but are about technology. My 2013 electroacoustic chamber ballet HackPolitik set the exploits of a hacker collective to the stage; Hivemind (2014) was largely inspired by the phenomenon of online groupthink concepts; /ping/ (2015) played with ideas of communication over networks, and even Astrarium (2015) and Piano Quartet (2018) are largely inspired by historical technological advancements in clockwork. I have not used electronic sound in a large ensemble piece yet, and am interested in (finally) doing so.

I would like to compose a piece in response to echo chambers in our lives, or what Internet activist Eli Pariser termed filter bubbles: states of intellectual and political isolation “largely enabled by online social network platforms and the algorithms they use to curate a validating user experience“ that have a tendency to polarize people of differing ideologies and undermine civic discourse. The idea of opposing musical themes, co-existing but not initially interacting, mediated by technology (electronic sound), is evocative to me, and I think will be evocative to musicians and audiences. Beyond my interest in engaging these kinds of topics in my music, I also feel that, through our art, we can create a space for self-reflection and cultivate discussions around the role of technology in our lives.

I feel that I can compose a convincing piece with intrigue and complexity, with slightly less difficult instrumental parts than pieces like Hivemind or Beacons, which have largely relied on more highly virtuosic writing. It is my hope that out of this comes a piece that is accessible to advanced high school ensembles. For more experience university ensembles, I would like there to be more space for interpretation and nuance with this piece, and perhaps a bit less focus on flashy instrumental writing.

Stylistically, expect something in the world of Hivemind and Radix Tyrannis (my trombone concerto premiered by Joseph Alessi and American Chamber Winds at WASBE last year). Although I'd like the piece to be more accessible to younger performers than these, I also want to expose them to a piece with a broad and challenging palette of consonance and dissonance, driving rhythm and rich lyricism, and the expressive potential of timbre in an electroacoustic medium.

- Program Note by composer (pre-publication)

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Wind Ensemble (Evan Feldman, conductor) - 19 February 2020
  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Caneva, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • University of California (Berkeley) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Sadowski, conductor) - 6 December 2019
  • Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) Wind Symphony Orchestra (Adam Dalton, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University Concert Band (Michael King, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • California State University, Fullerton, Wind Symphony (Dustin Barr, conductor) – 6 October 2019
  • Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Kristopher Mosley, conductor) – 13 April 2019
  • University of Florida (Gainesville) Symphonic Band (John M. Watkins, Jr., conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) (Symphonic Band) (Benjamin J. Diden, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell, conductor) – 10 March 2019 *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer