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James Syler

James Syler

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General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: J. Ballerbach
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Players singing


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Program Notes

In botanical terms, Syler’s work Filds displays plagiotropic development, or the exploration and exploitation of horizontal space. Three distinctive and fully formed branches (“musics” in the composer’s terminology) stem from the same melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic material and move past one another to provide the listener with a musical field of images. The three musics are heard in the brass choir, woodwind choir, and piano/harp duo. Syler writes, “Further spatial sound is achieved through an off-stage flugelhorn and off-stage percussion. A dramatic quiet ending fuses together blocks of woodwind and brass chords. Fields uses asynchronous events and layers of sound to create an Ivesian numinous sound world.”

- Program Note from University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble concert program, 23 April 2018

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 23 April 2018

Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music

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  • Syler, J. (1994). Fields [score]. J. Ballerbach: Boca Raton, Fla.