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Peace Dancer

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Jodie Blackshaw

Jodie Blackshaw


General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 4:55
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Murphy Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $145.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Vibraphone I-II


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Peace Dancer is inspired by the First Nations text of the same name by Roy Henry Vickers (Squamish Nation). In the words of the author:

The story Peace Dancer is about a song and dance that is thousands of years old originating from the time of the flood. Songs have been composed for different Chiefs up and down the Pacific Northwest coast. The Chief who is chosen to do this sacred dance is recognized as a healer in each community, and the songs and dances are a reminder of the great flood and how the people lost their way and their love for all things in creation. During the dance there is a time when the dancer shakes the eagle down from their headdress to remind the people of the flood.

While this text affords many music-making opportunities, the composer chose to focus on one moment.

We have really lost our way, we have not taught our children love and respect.

This is achieved by dividing this short piece into "moments" of meditation, awakening, realization, and humility. It takes you, the audience, on an emotional journey, similar to realizing you have been in the wrong; maybe you have been unkind or acted in a way that does not become you. Once you realize the consequences of your actions, remorse and the understanding that there is a need to move forward with grace and humility follows. Thus is the lesson of Peace Dancer.

- Program Note from University of British Columbia Symphonic Wind Ensemble concert program, 18 November 2017


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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  • University of North Florida (Jacksonville) Wind Symphony (Erin Bodnar, conductor) - 16 November 2020
  • California State University, San Bernardino, Symphonic Band (Nicholas Bratcher, conductor) - 10 March 2020
  • CBDNA East Intercollegiate Band (Philadelphia, Penn.) (Elizabeth Peterson, conductor) – 22 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Eastern Division Conference, Philadelphia, Penn.)
  • DePaul University (Chicago, Ill.) Wind Symphony (John Stewart, conductor) – 21 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 North Central Division Conference, Chicago, Ill.)
  • University of Manitoba (Winnipeg) Wind Ensemble (Jacqueline Dawson, conductor) – 6 December 2019
  • Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Margaret Underwood, conductor)– 15 November 2019
  • McLennan College (Waco, Tx.) Wind Ensemble (Jon Conrad, conductor) 29 October 2019
  • Eastman (N.Y.) Community Music School Music Educators Wind Ensemble (Bill Tiberio, conductor) – 20 October 2019
  • Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Ark.) Symphony Band (Shaun R. Popp, conductor) - 1 May 2019
  • Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) Wind Symphony (Thomas Bough, conductor) – 22 April 2019
  • Pacific Lutheran University (Parkland, Wash.) Wind Ensemble (Edwin Powell, conductor) – 8 February 2019
  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Wind Symphony (Elizabeth Peterson, conductor) – 24 January 2019
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 18 November 2017


Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


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