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Javelin

From Wind Repertory Project
Michael Torke

Michael Torke (trans. Patterson)


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General Info

Year: 1994 / 2000
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Bill Holab Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $90.00


Instrumentation

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Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The original orchestral version of Javelin was commissioned by the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games Cultural Olympiad in celebration of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's 50th Anniversary.

- Program Note by publisher


I had three goals in mind when I began this piece for the Atlanta Symphony's anniversary: I wanted to use the orchestra as a virtuosic instrument, I wanted to use triads (three-note tonal chords), and I wanted the music to be thematic. I knew I would welcome swifter changes of mood than what is found in my earlier music. What came out (somewhat unexpectedly) was a sense of valor among short flashes and sweeps that reminded me of something in flight: a light spear thrown, perhaps, but not in the sense of a weapon, more in the spirit of a competition. When the word javelin suddenly suggested itself, I couldn't help but recall the 1970s model of sports car my dad owned, identified by that name, but I concluded, why not? Even that association isn't so far off from the general feeling of the piece. Its fast tempo calls for 591 measures to evoke the generally uplifting, sometimes courageous, yet playful spirit.

- Program Note by composer


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: V
  • Texas: V. Complete


Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer


Resources

  • Michael Torke website
  • Torke, M; Patterson, M. (2000). Javelin: For Band (in A) [score]. Adjustable Music: [s.l.]