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Machine Awakes, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant


General Info

Year: 2012
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Steven Bryant
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |   Score Only - $20.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet (optional)
Bb Bass Clarinet (optional)
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone (optional)
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef) I-II (optional)
Tuba
Timpani (optional)
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam(optional)
  • Vibraphone (optional)

Electronics


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

In this work for youth and/or community bands with electronics, experience the sounds of something not human waking up for the first time. From the opening swirling textures, one senses the first hesitant sparks of thought, attempting to find form and coherence. The new machine then comes fully awake, possessed of self-determination and unfathomable purpose. The electronics for this work are triggered from a computer via a self-contained program which is freely downloadable from the composer's website

This work was commissioned by a consortium of high schools and middle schools organized by Arris Golden. It received its premiere on May 10, 2012, by the Cedar Ridge High School Band, Hillsboro, N.C., conducted by Arris Golden.

- Program Note by publisher


The Machine Awakes is the sound of something not human (but of humans hands) -- something not entirely organic, but most definitely alive -- waking up for the first time. From the opening swirling textures, we sense the first hesitant sparks of thought, attempting to find form and coherence. This new machine -- sentient, aware -- comes fully awake, possessed of emphatic self-determination and unfathomable purpose.

The composer writes: “After the success of my first large work with electronics, Ecstatic Waters, I wanted to bring this sonic experience to young musicians. Creating music for beginners is a core part of my compositional mission, and with The Machine Awakes, I wanted to demonstrate that “classical” music can have the same visceral immediacy as music they are immersed in during their day-to-day lives, while hopefully providing a sense of the deeper structure and development possible in music beyond simple pop song transcriptions.”

- Program Note by the Clear Creek High School Wind Ensemble concert program, 20 December 2013


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Audio Links


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Symphony Band (Jason Rinehart, conductor) -– 26 September 2019
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta) (Concert Band) (Benjamin J. Diden, conductor) – 14 April 2019
  • Smoky Hills High School Honor Band (Salina, Kans.) (Carl Rowse, conductor) – 28 February 2019
  • Gettysburg (Penn.) College Wind Symphony (Russell McCutcheon, conductor) – 10 February 2019
  • Marywood University (Scranton, PA) Senior HS Wind Band Celebration Band (T. André Feagin, conductor)- 2 February 2019
  • Kennesaw (Ga.) State University University Band (Trey Harris, conductor) – 12 December 2018
  • Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa) Symphonic Band (Chee Weng Yim, conductor) - 11 October 2018
  • Illinois State University (Normal) University Band (Marykatheryne E. Kuhne, conductor) – 26 April 2018
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 24 April 2018
  • Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Va.) Wind Ensemble (Timothy Robblee, conductor) - 21 April 2018
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) University Band (Aileen Sullivan, conductor) – 26 March 2018
  • Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble (Tacoma, Wash.) (John Falskow, conductor) – 25 March 2018
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band (Sharon Toulouse, conductor) – 6 March 2018
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Jack R. Snider Concert Band (Christopher Brandt, conductor) – 27 April 2017
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Kelvin Jones, conductor) – 22 November 2016
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Concert Band (Kaylee Christensen, conductor) – 28 April 2016
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Symphonic Band (Ian Richard, conductor) - 10 March 2015
  • Clear Creek High School (League City, Tex.) Wind Ensemble (Scott Weiss, conductor) - 20 December 2013 (2013 Midwest Clinic)
  • University of Arkansas Campus Band (Michael Moon) - 2013


Works for Winds by this Composer


References

  • Acklin, Amy I. "The Machine Awakes." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 285-291. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.