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Midnight Skyline

From Wind Repertory Project
Josh Trentadue

Josh Trentadue


General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: M.O.T.I.F.
Cost: Available September 2020


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
C Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Double Bass
Piano
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Brake Drum (or Anvil)
  • China Cymbal
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Surdo Drum (large Floor Tom)
  • Suspended Cymbal, large
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam, large
  • Tom-Toms (4) (or small Bass Drum)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Whip
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The moment I first met composers Kevin Day and Quinn Mason, and the moment I listened to their music, I knew that I wanted to collaborate with both of them on a new project. These two are such extraordinary artists and human beings, with an incredibly high level of passion and dedication to their craft. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had this opportunity to be able to work with them on forming Of Day and Night, the triptych this piece is a part of.

When I approached Kevin and Quinn about this collaboration, I knew that the project needed to have a thematic and overarching idea present throughout all three intended works -- something that would contain some sense of continuity expressed through three very different, and unique, compositional voices. What better form could this triptych take on than the progression of time? The idea of nature always evolving, and change over time, is something that I had begun exploring very recently in my own music. Thus, all three works in Of Day and Night explore this concept over the progression of a single day, each of them depicting a specific moment in that length of time. While Kevin's piece Shimmering Sunshine explores the exuberant joyfulness of daylight, and Quinn's work Across a Golden Sky depicts the magical wonders of the "golden hour" during sunset, Midnight Skyline thus takes on the thrilling, chaotic experiences one could endure throughout the nighttime.

I tend to think of Midnight Skyline as a pure road-trip piece -- one that never stays on the same route for too long, with plenty of adventures to experience (whether alone or with friends) and a ridiculous amount of shenanigans in between. Sometimes, they're more chaotic than necessary, and sometimes they have just the right amount of thrills. The piece immediately takes off and shouts with all of this in mind, and while it experiences a number of different events throughout its journey, it never intends to stray from this path altogether. Midnight Skyline is for those thrill-seekers, a celebration of life and love along with the youthfulness and joy of human nature.

My sincerest thanks and appreciation goes to Kevin and Quinn for their wonderful friendship and brilliant creativity; to all of the consortium members who made this piece, and the triptych, possible; and finally, to Salvador Alan Jacobo for a brilliant and lovely title for this piece.

- Program Note by the composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Media

Playback Recording


Performances

None discovered thus far.


Works for Winds by This Composer


References

M.O.T.I.F.