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Full Circle (George)

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Ryan George

Ryan George


Subtitle: Written in honor of Ray Cramer


General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 6:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Fornine Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $195.00   |   Score Only (print) - $50.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass 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
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • China Cymbal (medium)
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Floor Tom
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

In 1997, I found myself in Indianapolis, sitting in rehearsals with the Bands of America (Music for All) National Honor Band. Ray Cramer was the conductor. I was an eighteen-year-old senior horn player on the tail end of a high school career that was loaded with B.O.A. experiences: marching band championships, concert band festivals, three years at the summer symposium, and now I was closing out that chapter with the National Honor Band. Those four years and the experiences that I had at those B.O.A. events were profound and were major motivators in my decision to pursue music as a profession.

When Ray contacted me about writing this piece, I was struck immediately with the realization that my life had come full circle. I was now doing what I had set out to do twenty-two years ago and would be returning as a composer to the same honor band, with the same conductor, and the place that had been the catalyst for so much.

Full Circle is intended to be a musical homecoming: something that exudes joy, excitement, and optimism. This piece is not so much about compositional cleverness (a thematic idea that bookends the work is the only real reference to circularity in the piece), but a reflection of the past and its influence on the present and the future. It is an embrace of those moments and experiences that positively change our lives.

Full Circle was written in honor of Ray Cramer and the 2019 Music For All National High School Honor Band, and was made possible through Music for All and the Friends of Ray Cramer Consortium.

- Program Note by composer


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • Baylor University (Waco, Tx.) Symphonic Band (Isaiah Odajima, conductor) - 15 September 2022
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Winds (Simon Holoweiko, conductor) - 26 April 2022
  • United States Navy Band (Washington, D.C.) (Kenneth Collins, conductor) - 9 April 2022
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington) Symphony Band (George Bouldenl, conductor) – 21 November 2021
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Orchestra (Elizabeth Peterson, conductor) - 16 November 2021


Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Autobahn (Flex instrumentation) (2008/2020)
  • Café 512 (Flex instrumentation) (2010/2020)
  • Jinx (Flex instrumentation) (2017/2020)


All Wind Works


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