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Reflections (McWeeney)

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Drew Michael McWeeney

Drew Michael McWeeney

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General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 10:45
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unpublished
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact Drew Michael McWeeney


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Program Notes

Ironically, the piece is based upon a text of similar name by Lyle Jensen. The text, first appearing in 1987, has become an "unfamous famous" read for the postmodern human who deals with real everyday experiences. The poems in the text are about what we, as humans, have dealt with when we were children to what we deal with now as adults. My piece is a somewhat harsh critique of what should be a smoother life cycle for everyone's life experiences. It is a piece filled with odd associations that represent crazy times, controlled anarchy, silliness, seriousness.

The piece is bound by a constantly recurring melodic theme that pushes the piece forward. Musical styles in this piece touch upon major twentieth century composers, although a favorite moment of my piece happens when the trumpets play a four-note fanfare until the reappearance of the recurring melodic theme. It conveys a change in how we think about what happened in our lives up to that point, whatever it may be for anyone who wants to reflect on it.

I was struck by the memories, emotions and profundity of the Jensen text. After spending over 18 months of composing Reflections, which happens to be my first ever major work, I hope it has just a little bit of these in it too.

- Program Note by composer

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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Drew Michael McWeeney, personal correspondence, January 2019
  • Official site Accessed 4 January 2019