Monsters of Myth
1. Quasimodo (Bells for a Celebration) – 1:40
2. Sasquatch (Last Defender of the Forest) – 1:55
3. Nessie (A Chase around the Loch) – 2:25
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Snare Drum
- Suspended Cymbal
None discovered thus far.
What if the mythical stories we learned as children were only part of the truth? What if these “monsters” that have been hunted by man could tell us about the world from their perspective? I invite you to explore the lives of three such creatures -- Quasimodo, Nessie, and Sasquatch -- in this work for concert band Monsters of Myth.
The suite begins with Quasimodo (Bells for a Celebration). While some historical references refer to such a person, Quasimodo is believed to be the horribly disfigured creature that rings the bells of the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Despite limits placed on his life, (including never being permitted to leave the cathedral), it is possible he needed no other joy than daily ringing the bells of the grand cathedral for all to hear. The rollicking waltz captures Quasimodo swinging from ropes sounding those enormous bells to celebrate grand celebration held in the streets below.
The middle movement of the suite, Sasquatch (Last Defender of the Forest), explores a creature yet to be found, and is perhaps the most misunderstood. Popular culture has at times portrayed Sasquatch (or Bigfoot) as an unintelligent, menacing and savage creature that threatens humans in the wilderness. What if Sasquatch didn't mean for his actions to harm humans, but rather intended to protect nature from man's intrusion and abuse? The menacing persona associated with Sasquatch is portrayed through the dissonant opening, but later transforms into a heroic theme as the creature relentlessly moves through the forest defending plant and animal alike.
The suite concludes with Nessie (A Chase around the Loch). It begins on a mysterious but calm morning on the Loch. Many expeditions have journeyed through, in and under the Loch in search of some sign of this famous creature. The Celtic overtones of the opening give way to a sighting ("There she is!"), at which point a non-traditional jig begins, accompanying a chase of Nessie out on the water. While various scientific outings and research have refuted the creature's existence, one can only imagine Nessie enjoying the opportunity to elude being seen and caught by mere mortals.
There is a lack of hard scientific evidence to prove the existence of all three creatures, and our culture doesn't really know more than what has been recorded and speculated upon. While there are those pursing opportunities to prove the existence of such creatures, the interim allows us to hold some interesting discussions as we try to see the world from their point of view.
The piece was commissioned by The Greenville High School Band (Pa.) and their director, Mr. Eric Schrader. The piece was dedicated in loving memory to Christopher Hershberger, a 17-year-old young man who passed away on January 18, 2012 due to a brain hemorrhage. Described as a fun-loving and entertaining student, Christopher’s personality was never diminished by his Down Syndrome condition.
- Program Note from score
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble (Chestertown, Md.) (Charles Thai, conductor) – 28 October 2018
- Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band (Fayetteville) (Michael Ferguson, conductor) – 25 February 2017
Works for Winds by This Composer
- American Visions (Weller) (2009)
- Apollo Arise (2018)
- Chasing Mercury (2019)
- Country Sketches (2014)
- Dream Chaser (2012)
- Eyes of the Dragon (2014)
- Festival and Ballad for Winds (2011)
- Festival Espirit (2013)
- Flourishing Noels (2013)
- Frontier Fought and a City Found, A (2010)
- Hammer and Rail (2015)
- I Bought Me a Band (2012)
- Irish Jig for Young Feet (2009)
- Journey to the Prairie (2010)
- Jubilant Flourishes (2012)
- Last Stagecoach Heist, The (2012)
- Monsters of Myth (2013)
- The Shady Grove (2017)
- Songs of Soldiers (2017)
- Tales of a Medieval Warrior (2010)
- Yankee Fanfare (2013)