Please DONATE to help with maintenance and upkeep of the Wind Repertory Project!

Gemini

From Wind Repertory Project
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Anthony DiLorenzo

Anthony DiLorenzo


Subtitle: For Euphonium, Horn and Wind Ensemble


General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 10:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Horn, euphonium and piano
Publisher: Art of Sound Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $125.00; (digital) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $19.99


Instrumentation

Full Score
Solo Horn
Solo Euphonium
Flute I-II-III (I & III double piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
C Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III (III optional)
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Piano
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Cabasa
  • Glockenspiel
  • Piatti
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

In the summer of 2006 I began a series of concertos based on Greek Mythology. The first was titled Chimera, Concerto for Brass Quintet and Orchestra. The Center City Brass Quintet commissioned this work and premiered it in Tokyo with conductor Naoto Otomo and the Tokyo Symphony. In 2008, I was commissioned by brass soloists Adam Frey and Jeff Nelsen to create a new work. Wanting to continue with this series of concertos, it seemed appropriate to write a piece that would challenge the soloists' virtuosic abilities as well as be adventurous in story and sound.

At first it wasn’t clear which story from mythology I would use. After the bulk of the piece was sketched out, it struck me that a concerto for two soloists should naturally use the story of the Gemini twins. The Gemini twins in Greek mythology were brothers named Pollux and Castor, the sons of Zeus. They were celebrated as protectors of human kind and had adventures such as the Argonauts Quest for the Golden Fleece and fighting off eerie lightning known as Saint Elmo’s Fire.

Being comfortable with cinematic orchestration, I concentrated on the heroic melodies before completing the rest of the piece. It was important to keep the music challenging in technique as well as rewarding in the soaring melodies given to both players. You'll likely hear orchestration tributes to Prokofiev, Holst, John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith within. I try to channel the energy and color they’ve illustrated and use it as inspiration to compose my music. The end result was a unique showpiece.

This music was fun to write and it was an honor to compose for such great talent. I hope that when you listen to or play Gemini, you’ll become engrossed in the story of two heroes and their tales of epic battle and adventure.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources