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Incantations of the Prophets of Baal, The

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Jesse Ayers

Jesse Ayers


General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Jesse Ayers
Cost: Score $25    Parts $100    e-Parts $65


Instrumentation

There are two versions available:

  • Expanded instrumentation (for surround-sound brass choirs on either side of audience)
  • Standard instrumentation (standard-size concert band)

Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn (optional)
Eb Clarinet
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet (optional)
Bb Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (optional)
(Alto Saxophones tacet)
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III (6 trumpets in expanded version, 3 left and 3 right)
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III (4 trombones in expanded version, 2 left and 2 right)
Euphonium (2 euphonium parts in expanded version, 1 left/1 right)
Tuba (2 tuba parts in expanded version, 1 left/1 right)

Piano

Timpani
Percussion I-II-III (5 percussionists in expanded version)

  • Orchestra bells (glockenspiel)
  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone
  • Chimes
  • Snare drum
  • Bass drum
  • Cymbals
  • Suspended cymbal
  • Bongos
  • Tam-tam
  • Cowbell


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Incantations of the Prophets of Baal is the first movement of three movements from ...and they gathered on Mount Carmel, a surround-sound work based on the great contest in ancient Israel between Elijah and the prophets of Baal recorded in I Kings 18. The work was begun in March 1994 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, while the composer was an artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and was completed in Knoxville, Tennessee, the following March. The work received its premiere in 1995 by the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble under the direction of Richard Clary and has been recorded by the Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler. This composition has been supported with grants from the American Music Center and Meet The Composer.

Scripture records that the prophets of Baal danced before their god from morning until noon and then on until evening, calling in vain on Baal to send fire to consume their sacrifice. Multiple layers of rhythmic patterns of differing lengths which move in and out of phase over an ever quickening harmonic cycle are used to create a hypnotic, rhythmic vitality reflecting this ritualistic dancing. The music grows increasingly wilder and more frantic as the movement progresses.

-Jesse Ayers


Awards

  • Finalist, 2013 American Prize for Composition - Band Division


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Recent Performances

  • Windiana Concert Band (Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor) - November 2011
  • University of Rhode Island Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dr. Gene Pollart, conductor) - March 2011
  • Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band (Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor) - March 2004, various tour venues in CA
  • Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band (Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor) - March 2000, performances in NY, OH, & Ontario
  • Concordia University Chicago Wind Symphony (Dr. Richard Fischer, conductor) - March 2000, various tour venues in CA
  • Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band (Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conductor) - October 1999
  • Symposium XXI for New Band Music, The Virginia Intercollegiate Band (Jesse Ayers, conductor) - February 1996
  • The University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble (Richard Clary, conductor) - April 1995


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