Symphonies of Gaia
C Piccolo I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:
- Bass Drum
- Crash Cymbals
- Log Drums
- Suspended Cymbal
None discovered thus far.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest shaped my life in a number of important ways. I have always felt more comfortable at the rain forest, ocean, or mountains than in the concrete walls of city life. My deep love of nature and close proximity to intense environmental conflict in my hometown were my greatest influences in writing Symphonies of Gaia. The work depicts the mystical beauty of the earth, as well as the disrespect and abuse it has endured throughout time.
The title of the work uses language of the ancient Greeks. "Symphonies" refers not to an established genre or form, but simply means "a sounding together." Gaia is the Titan goddess of the earth in Greek mythology, and has since become a universal symbol for ecological stewardship and wisdom. My most sincere hope is that Symphonies of Gaia will, in some form, inspirit others to understand and take action against the environment crises we now so desperately face.
- Program Note by composer
None discovered thus far.
- Georgia: VI
- Indiana: ISSMA SENIOR BAND GROUP I
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minn.) Wind Orchestra (James Patrick Miller, conductor) - 6 October 2019
- University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Symphonic Band (Jamal Duncan, conductor) – 28 April 2019
- Michigan State University (East Lansing) Spartan Youth Wind Symphony (Simon Holoweiko, conductor) – 22 April 2018
- Westminster College (New Wilmington, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (R. Tad Greig, conductor) – 8 March 2018
- Duxbury (Mass.) High School Wind Ensemble (Ric Madru, conductor) – 8 February 2018 (Carnegie Hall, N.Y.)
- Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony I (Daniel Crain, conductor) – 20 November 2017
- State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (David Turken, conductor) – 14 November 2017
- California All-State High School Symphonic Band (Peter Boonshaft, conductor) - 19 February 2017 (2017 CASMEC Conference, San Jose)
- California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, State University Festival Wind Orchestra (Heidi Johanna Miller, conductor) - 19 April 2015
- Massachusetts All-State Band (Peter Loel Boonshaft, conductor) - March 2015
- Loveland High School (Colo.) Wind Symphony (Kyle Freesen, conductor) - April 2015
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Ogren, J. (2001). Symphonies of Gaia [score]. McClaren Publications: Greensboro, N.C.