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Journey in the Dark

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Johan de Meij

Johan de Meij


This work is the fourth movement of the composer's Symphony No. 1, The Lord of the Rings.


General Info

Year: 1987
Duration: 8:50
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Amstel Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $165.00   |   Score Only - $39.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboes I-II (II doubles English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon (Optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo (2 players)-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
F Horn I-II-III-IV
B-flat or C Trumpet I-II-III-IV (I doubles B-flat Flugelhorn)
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Euphonium I-II
Tuba
String Bass
Piano
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


Errata

Errata and suggestions from Johan de Meij posted with permission 4/8/2013

  • 1-53 Timpani the D 8va bassa ad lib.
  • 141-144 Piano 8va bassa, sempre con pedale.

!! All five movements: C-Tuba part should sound an octave LOWER as written [8va bassa sempre]


Program Notes

The fourth movement describes the laborious journey of the fellowship of the ring, headed by the wizard Gandalf, through the dark tunnels of the Mines of Moria. The slow walking cadenza and the fear are clearly audible in the monotonous rhythm of the low brass, piano and percussion. After a wild pursuit by hostile creatures, the Orks, Gandalf is engaged in battle with a horrible monster, the Balrog, and crashes from the subterranean bridge of Khazad-Dûm in a fathomless abyss. To the melancholy tones of a Marcia funèbre, the bewildered companions trudge on, looking for the only way out of the mines, the East Gate of Moria.

- Program Note by Johan de Meij


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Ohio University (Athens) Symphonic Band (Richard Suk, conductor) – 5 December 2019
  • Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.) Wind Symphony (Jared Chase, conductor) – 19 November 2019
  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Birch Browning, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • Hope College (Holland, Mich.) Wind Ensemble (Gabe Southard, conductor) – 31 October 2019
  • Texas Christian University Symphonic Band (Fort Worth) (Donald Hale, conductor) - 3 October 2019
  • Medalist Concert Band (Bloomington, Minn.) (Jerry Luckhardt, conductor) – 19 May 2019
  • Philadelphia (Penn.) Wind Symphony (Virginia Allen, conductor) – 18 May 2019
  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W. Va.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hippensteel, conductor)– 11 May 2019
  • University of Tasmania (Australia) Wind Ensemble (Sean Priest, conductor) – 10 May 2019
  • Wind Symphony of Clovis (Calif.) (Gary Gilroy, conductor) – 5 May 2019
  • Angelo State University (San Angelo, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jonathan D. Alvis, conductor) – 3 May 2019
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band (J. Benjamin Jones, conductor) – 1 May 2019
  • Shepherd University (Shepherdstown, W.Va.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Hippensteel, conductor) – 27 April 2019
  • University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Concert Band (Heath Nails, conductor) – 24 April 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Wind Symphony (Russell C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 19 April 2019
  • Wind Symphony of Clovis (Calif.) (Christine Keenan, conductor) – 31 March 2019
  • St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Mireles, conductor) - 28 March 2019
  • Colby College (Waterville, Maine) Wind Ensemble (Eric Thomas, conductor) – 16 March 2018
  • Metropolitan Wind Symphony (Lexington, Mass). (Louis J. Buckley, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • Duke University (Durham, N.C.) Wind Symphony (Johan de Meij, conductor) – 2 March 2019
  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Johan de Meij, conductor) – 25 February 2018


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