Suite for Wind Orchestra
1. Symphonic Movement
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Flugelhorn (in Eb)
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
(Percussion detail desired)
None discovered thus far.
The Suite for Wind Orchestra has three parts. The introductory Symphonic Movement is based on two opposite musical ideas. The first is chromatic, whereas the second is rather diatonically harmonized. Both themes are subsequently, each according to its character, developed and even combined. A very important element is the often freely used counterpoint which makes the work dynamic and gives it a transparent and merry character, the same way the orchestration does.
The Nocturne or second part is contrasting with the preceding part and is written in the minor key. This part is, both as homage and by conviction, quite indebted to the Romantic musical language and could be considered as a kind of musical narration. The theme is initially presented in a rather plaintive way and subsequently developed by several instruments in broad melodic lines. It is, however, interrupted by a short passage written in the major key.
The quiet atmosphere at the end of the Nocturne is abruptly interrupted by theToccata. This part, a vivace leading to a presto at the end, has a wild, passionate character. According to the Baroque musical tradition, the toccata is a very free, virtuoso musical form and can also be considered as a fantasia. The music is built and developed on sparse musical ideas. The continuous movement of the motifs, certainly toward the end of this piece, reminds us here of a “perpetuum mobile.”
- Program notes by Oliver Waespi
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Ensemble (Cynthia Johnston Turner, conductor) – 24 October 2019
- Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Wind Symphony (Bobby R. Francis, conductor) - 7 March 2018 (83rd Annual ABA National Convention)
- University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) Wind Ensemble (Ryan Dudenbostel, conductor) - 7 November 2012
Works for Winds by This Composer
- Audivi Media Nocte (2013)
- Berglicht (2008)
- Divertimento (Waespi) (2011)
- Fanfare and Funk (2006)
- Il Cantico (2005)
- Out of Earth (2015)
- Silberen (2019)
- Skies (2000)
- Suite for Wind Orchestra (1998)
- Temples (2006)
- Traversada (2015)
- Waespi, O. (1997). Suite No. 1 [score]. Molenaar Edition: Wormerveer, Netherlands.