Namaskar for Wind Ensemble
Duration: c. 9:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – Rental ($350) | Score Only (print) - $65.00
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra Alto 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-III-IV
(percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
In Sanskrit, "namaskar" can be translated as "salutation." In the ritual ceremony, the Namaskar is used as a first step to pray to God before one can do anything or any ceremony. The benefit of Namaskar is to purify the human spirit and soul. Traditional Namaskar ritual usually starts with the sound of sankha, horn and drum, which is represented by brass and percussion sound in the piece.
In this piece, there are some contrasting musical styles which are slow music in slow tempo and fast music in slow tempo. It is to explore the use of time in music. In Asian philosophy, the use of time can be displayed by a long slow folding line which is shown in this piece by the use of slow tempo with different types of energy.
I hope we Namaskar to God to protect us and most importantly to protect this earth so we can live happily ever after.
Namaskar was commissioned by Texas Tech University and first performed on April 8, 2010, by the Texas Tech University Wind Ensemble, Sarah McKoin, conductor, at the CBDNA Southern Region Conference 2010, New Mexico State University, Los Cruces.
- Program Note by composer
- Audio flash drive: University of Central Florida (Orlando) Wind Ensemble (Scott Lubaroff, conductor) – 2020
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of Central Florida (Orlando) Symphonic Band (Scott Lubaroff, conductor) – 27 February 2020
- University of Central Florida (Orlando) Wind Ensemble (Scott Lubaroff, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southern Division Conference, Natchitoches, La.)
- Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Zebulon Bellon, conductor) – 30 October 2018
- Arizona State University (Tempe) Wind Ensemble – 19 September 2017
- Texas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Sarah McKoin, conductor) – 8 April 2010 (CBDNA Southern Region Conference) *Premiere Performance*
Works for Winds by This Composer
- The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 445.
- Narong Prangcharoen website Accessed 19 September 2017