Of Fire and Ice

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William Harbinson

William Harbinson

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General Info

Year: 2012 / 2015
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Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

The work was originally composed for the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra and performed in 2012. The title refers to the use of opposing styles throughout the piece – fiery horns and percussion followed by quieter passages, and harmonies contrasted by dissonant passages.

- Program Note by Appalachian State University

Of Fire and Ice was composed for the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra and premiered on March 19, 2012. The composer completed the transcription for band the same year.

The work has no programmatic underpinnings. The title alludes to the two distinct musical passages that are set against each other throughout the work. Of Fire and Ice opens with a “fiery” statement from the horns and percussion that is immediately answered by the full ensemble. A quieter, but still menacing passage follows. Motives transformed from the opening section are developed and supported by the chromatic harmonies previously introduced. The contrasting passage arrives with a distinct shift to a major tonality. Long, lyrical lines derived from the opening theme complement the more consonant harmonies. A brief return of the dissonant harmonies and hammered chords leads to an adagio development section. Several woodwind soloists are featured as motives from earlier passages are transformed. As the brass section enters, the work becomes unsettled and moves toward a return of the fiery section. The composition then returns to the biting, chromatic harmony once more with an ostinato pattern that builds to a dramatic conclusion.

- Program Note by composer


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  • Appalachian Symphony Band (Boone, N.C.) (Kevin Grey Richardson, conductor) – 5 October 2015 – '*Premiere Performance*'

Works for Winds by This Composer


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