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Grace Baugher

Grace Baugher

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General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 7:55
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Grace Baugher
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00


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Program Notes

A mirage is an illusion that leads us in one direction only to give us false hope when we reach the desired location. I'd been thinking about how, in many ways, the way we view ourselves is a mirage. Our self-image is tainted by the ideas of who others say we are and the person we think we have to be. Yet when we allow these influences to guide us, the end result isn't always what we imagine. Mirage follows the reflective process of discovering who we actually are and the journey to loving ourselves.

The best feature of the woodwind ensemble is the abundance of instrument colors available to the composer. By creating choirs within this ensemble, I was able to make use of the variety of timbres and layer them slowly. Clarinets have a warm sound that blends well and plants a solid foundation. This allows the melodic ideas in the oboes, flutes, and saxophones to really stand out without one instrument overpowering the other. The piece moves through simple progressions and melodies that layer and expand until everyone is playing together at the climax. Echoes of melodies from earlier in the piece bring the music to a close as if to say that we are a product of what we've overcome.

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  • University of Oklahoma (Norman) Symphony Band (Don Linn, conductor) - 12 October 2021

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Lullaby (Flex instrumentation) (2021)

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