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In This Broad Earth

From Wind Repertory Project
Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant


General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Steven Bryant
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $95.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Instrumentation

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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone (optional)


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

COME, said the Muse,
Sing me a song no poet yet has chanted,
Sing me the Universal.

In this broad Earth of ours,
Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
Nestles the seed Perfection.

from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Universal” from Leaves of Grass

In This Broad Earth is a short fanfare written for and dedicated to Kevin Sedatole and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony. Inspired by beauty I witness when hiking in the Austrian Alps with my wife, Verena, the music celebrates the earth, our only home (for now).

The fanfare embodies the numerous threads that have connected my life with Michigan State University over the past decade. Verena was one of Dr. Sedatole’s first conducting students at MSU, which coincided with the beginning of our relationship. I spent a great deal of time at Verena’s apartment in Spartan Village where I wrote the opening section of my Concerto for Wind Ensemble on a makeshift desk (a card table given to her by Director of Bands Emeritus John Whitwell). Over the years since, the MSU bands have performed a great deal of my music, always at the very highest level, and though I was never a student there, I have great affection and loyalty to this extraordinary school on the banks of the Red Cedar.

In This Broad Earth intentionally shares musical material with my Concerto for Trombone, which I was writing simultaneously, coincidentally for Dr. Sedatole’s conducting teacher and close friend, Jerry Junkin.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Shenandoah Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Winchester, Va.) (Timothy J. Robblee, conductor) – 9 November 2019
  • Texas Woman's University (Denton) Wind Symphony (Carter Biggers, conductor) – 3 October 2019
  • Bowling Green (Ohio) State University University Band (Bruce Moss, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • University of Missouri (Columbia) Symphonic Band (Brian A. Silvey, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (John Campbell, conductor) – 16 April 2019
  • Clovis (Calif.) North Educational Center Wind Ensemble (David Vandewalker, conductor) – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Symphonic Band (Shawn Vondran, conductor) – 15 March 2019
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Concert Band (Alan Johnson, conductor) - 26 February 2019
  • Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 2 October 2018
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, conductor) – 27 September 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony (Marykatheryne E. Kuhne, conductor) – 28 April 2018
  • Aurora High School Wind Ensemble (Erin Smith, conductor)- 12 April 2018
  • Senzoku Gakuen College of Music Blue Tie Wind Ensemble (Kawasaki, Japan) (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) - 1 December 2017
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Encore Wind Ensemble (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 18 October 2017
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Symphonic Band (Randall O. Coleman, conductor) – 9 October 2017
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 4 June 2017
  • Northshore Concert Band (Evanston, Ill.) (Mallory Thompson, conductor) - 4 May 2017
  • Texas Youth Wind Symphony (Austin) (Bradley Kent, conductor)– 5 March 2017
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing), Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) – 20 November 2015 – *Premiere Performance*


Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Meunier, Robert. "In This Broad Earth." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 566-572. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Steven Bryant website