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William Pitts

William Pitts


This title is deliberately written in lower case.


General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: William Pitts Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $100.00   |   Score Only - $30.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
English Horn
Bassoon
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Harp
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbals
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Commissioned by the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, Scott A. Stewart, director.

- Program Note from score


One of my favorite parts of my parents’ house in western Georgia is its exposure to the sunrise. Every morning, light slowly appears over the lake behind our house, yielding a progression of vibrant colors and increasing brightness that is difficult to describe. eos was actually named about halfway through my writing of the piece. As I listened to these chords and the subtle harmonic progressions, I associated these aural ideas with the visions in my head of the sunrises at home. In Greek mythology, Eos is the goddess of dawn who rises from her home at the edge of Oceanus to pave the way for her brother Helios, the sun. The piece is not necessarily programmatic, but after listening to what I had put down on paper, I could not help but feel as though the music flowed just as the dawn.

eos begins with the striking of the chime and the hum of mallet instruments establishing the key of C. The chimed notes represent time and its passing leading into the darkness of night. The clarinets then establish the chord progression that is the foundation for the rest of the work. After an extensive oboe solo, the clarinets, now accompanied by the voices of the brass players, repeat the initial chord progression.

The brass then take the piece into the key of A-flat with the horns leading the way melodically. As with the parallel woodwind soli in the first part of the piece, the chord progression is constantly changing its perceived tonal center, slowly moving downwards. The reentrance of the chime signals a contrasting minor section, emulating the time of night most devoid of any light. Just as the tension builds to its peak, the first hint of light breaks over the horizon with the entrance of the woodwinds. From this point until the climax of the piece, you hear the opposite effect of the previous two sections. The chord progression now gradually progresses upwards, depicting the slow increase of light. In my opinion, the most beautiful part of the morning light over my parents’ lake is the vibrant colors that emerge behind the trees. The climax of the piece depicts the surge of color. As Eos finishes her journey across the sky, the intensity of color slowly decreases as Helios takes his place to light up the day.

eos is dedicated with humble admiration and unending appreciation to Scott A. Stewart, a great mentor, an incredible conductor, my greatest teacher, and a selfless friend. If it were not for him, I would probably still be in business school...

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of North Texas (Denton) Concert Band (Jack A. Eaddy, Jr., conductor)– 4 October 2017
  • The Ohio State University Symphonic Band (Scott A. Jones, conductor) - 18 December 2014
  • North Carolina High School All-State Band - 2014


Works for Winds by this Composer


References