Music of Amber
1. Wind Willow, Whisper . . . 7:00
2. Sanctuary c. 12:00
B-flat Soprano Clarinet (doubling B-flat Bass Clarinet)
- Bass Drum
- Bell Tree
- Suspended Cymbal
- Triangle (suspended)
None discovered thus far.
Music of Amber, written for the New York New Music Ensemble and completed in February 1981, is scored for flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion. A brief original poem accompanies each of the work's two movements or parts. While the work is not programmatic in the traditional sense, the poems did provide a landscape of extra-musical images and ideas which enhanced and stimulated the compositional process. This procedure of responding and reacting musically to poetic stimuli is found in several of my recent works, including Aftertones of Infinity (1978) and Distant Runes and Incantations (1984).
The first movement, subtitled Wind Willow, Whisper . . ., originally commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation, was one of six short works by six composers written to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Da Capo Chamber Players, and was first performed by them in March 1980. Because of the movement's relative brevity, I later felt that a second movement should be added. This new version also included the addition of an extensive percussion part in Movement I. The second movement, subtitled Sanctuary, provided formal balance to the work's overall design and allowed for further opportunities to investigate and explore the musical materials presented in the first movement. It was with this expanded formal scenario in mind that I attempted to create a larger mosaic of musical relations.
- Program Note by composer
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Jeremy Smiths, conductor) - 2 March 2022
- University of North Dakota (Grand Forks) Faculty Chamber Players (James Popejoy, conductor) – 27 February 2010 (CBDNA 2010 North Central Division Conference, Normal, Ill.)
- New York New Music Ensemble (Chicago, Ill.) - 10 April 1981 *Premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by This Composer
- ...and the mountains rising nowhere (1977)
- The Awakening Hour (2017)
- Beyond Autumn (tr. Miles) (2006)
- Concerto for Percussion (tr. Boysen Jr.) (1997)
- From a Dark Millennium (1980)
- In evening's stillness... (1996)
- Luminosity: Concerto for Wind Orchestra (2015)
- Music of Amber (1981)
- New Morning for the World (tr. Pilato) (1982/2007)
- Recoil (2004)
- Sparrows (1979)
- Schwantner, J. (1981). Music of Amber [score]. Helicon Music Corp.: [United States].