Pandemic Pandemonium

From Wind Repertory Project
Benjamin D. Taylor

Benjamin Dean Taylor

Subtitle: For Concert Band in Virtual Performance

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Benjamin Taylor Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $105.00; (digital) - $85.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Any of these instruments may be used.

Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet
F Horn in F
Percussion, including:

  • Bells


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This work is in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruption of typical large ensemble rehearsals and performance. The students of Madison West High School, their director Kevin Rhodes, and I collaborated on this piece over the course of about five weeks. During our sessions together I led the students in creative music-making games and activities to help them get comfortable making compositional decisions and playing their instruments together on Zoom unmuted. We also experimented and generated ideas for this specific collaboration. Many of the melodic fragments found in this work came directly from student’s ideas. Also, as any performance on Zoom is inherently visual and essentially a music video, the visual elements in this piece also came directly from students' input.

Overall, we decided that this piece is a representation of the year 2020 — all of its hardships and losses balanced with the hope and confidence that we can endure. In our collaboration sessions we had some great discussions about the “silver lining” aspects of the pandemic: new hobbies and interests like gardening and baking bread, more time with family, more enjoyment of reading and exercise, etc. As we come together we can support each other and feel connected. These are far from ideal circumstances to make music. But we must! We all need to heal from this pandemic and this work is a symbol of hope, love and faith.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Madison West High School Concert Band, Kevin Rhodes, director.

- Program Note from score

Performance Notes

This work was designed to embrace Zoom as a new performance space. All players perform live, unmuted. Any teleconference platform will work such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Teams, though in our experimentation, Zoom gave the best audio results. The piece is setup to work with the inherent latency of these platforms by creating aleatoric textures with free-flowing solo melodies on top.
(Further extensive performance notes appear in the score. Editor.)


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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