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Shakata: Singing the World into Existence

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Dana Wilson

Dana Wilson

General Info

Year: 1989
Duration: c. 8:15
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Ludwing Music Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - $95.00   |  Score Only - $20.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bell Tree
  • Bongos
  • Cymbals (small and medium)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Go-Go Bells
  • Gong (Tam-Tam, Medium and Large)
  • High Hat
  • Marimba
  • Shaker
  • Snare Drum
  • Timbales
  • Tom-Tom
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Australian Aboriginals believe that the countryside did not exist until the ancestors sang it, and that still, to be perceived, it must be conjured by descendants following ancestral songlines. In the West, we also speak of such things as "exorcising evil" and "bringing out the good in each one of us". Shakata; Singing the World Into Existence is a sort of collective ritual whereby the ensemble conjures up - from the earth, from within. The term "shakata" has no literal significance, thereby perhaps allowing it to become a translingual (or pre-lingual) intonement.

Program Note by Dana Wilson

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

  • New York: VI


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  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Thomas Duffy, conductor) – 13 April 2018
  • State University of New York, Potsdam, Concert Band (Michael P. Schaff, conductor) – 28 February 2018

Works for Winds by this Composer

A complete list of Dana Wilson's compositions may be found here: