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Goddess of Fire

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Steven Reineke

Steven Reineke


General Info

Year: 2006
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score & Parts - $90.00   |   Score Only - $8.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Bassoon
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
F Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass (Opt.)
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Tam-Tam (with bow and mallet)
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Shaker
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tom-Toms (3)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


Errata

In Parts:

  • Clarinet II, m. 44-47: Trill on m. 44-46 should continue through m. 47
  • Clarinet III, m. 44-47: Trill on m. 44-46 should continue through m. 47


In Score and Parts:

  • Flute I, m. 98: Add an accent on beat 4
  • Flute I, m. 185: Add an accent on beat 4
  • Trumpet I, m. 106: Add an accent on beat 4
  • Trumpet I, m. 199: Add an accent on beat 4
  • Trombone I, m. 106: Add an accent on beat 4
  • Trombone I, m. 199: Add an accent on beat 4
  • Timpani, m. 200: Add accent on the downbeat
  • Suspended Cymbal, m. 151: Add tremolo on beat 3
  • Suspended Cymbal, m. 184: Add tremolo on beat 7
  • Suspended Cymbal, m. 232: Add tremolo on beat 3
  • Snare Drum, m. 98: Add accents on beats 1, 4, 7, and 9
  • Snare Drum, m. 185: Add accents on beats 1, 4, 7, and 9
  • Toms, m. 52: Add accent on beat 9
  • Toms, m. 54: Add accent on the downbeat
  • Toms, m. 195: Add accent on the downbeat


Program Notes

Pele, the goddess of Hawaii's volcanoes, is the most respected and feared deity in Polynesia. She is both creator of the sacred land and destroyer when she devours the land with her flames. The work opens with primordial, mysterious sounds representing the foreboding volcanoes of Hawaii. We are then introduced to Pele as a tall, beautiful young woman. This is one of the forms she can take and it represents her powers of creation and beauty. This gives way to the active and destructive Pele, often taking the form of an old woman, wrinkled and bent with age. The following lyrical section of the piece is the full statement of Pele's theme of creation and beauty. As this theme settles, we begin to hear the ground pop and crack, letting us know that new lava is beginning to bubble and flow. Suddenly and violently, one of her volcanoes erupts, creating massive chaos and destruction. After the eruption subsides, Pele's theme of creation and beauty returns again.

In memory of Mildred Smith, beloved band booster and friend. Dedicated to the students and parents of the Ben Davis High School Symphonic Band, Indianapolis, Indiana - Jim Butz, Shawn McNabb, Gary Rudloph and John Papandria, directors.

- Program Note by Steven Reineke


Commercial Discography


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • San Dieguito Academy (San Diego, Calif.) Wind Ensemble I (Jeremy Wuertz, conductor) – 30 October 2019
  • San Dieguito Academy (San Diego, Calif.) Wind Ensemble I (Jeremy Wuertz, conductor) – 29 October 2019
  • Riverside High School (Painesville, Ohio) Wind Ensemble (David A. Schwartz, conductor) - 14 May 2019
  • The Hartt Philharmonia Winds (West Hartford, Conn.) (Alan Francis, conductor) – 12 May 2019
  • North Hollywood (Calif.) High School Symphonic Band (Robin Sharp, conductor) – 23 February 2018


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Perusal score
  • Reineke, S. (2006). Goddess of Fire [score]. C.L. Barnhouse: Oskaloosa, Iowa.