Symphony in Blue & Gold

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Erika Svanoe

Erika Svanoe

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General Info

Year: 2023
Duration: c. 19:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Swan Maiden Press (in press)
Cost: Score and Parts - Available June 2024


1. Blue and Fugues
2. in Gold
3. Waltz
4. Finale


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Program Notes

Symphony in Blue & Gold was commissioned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of bands at my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

As a starting point, I researched and studied two significant pieces in wind band literature that were composed around the time the band was first formed on campus. These were La création du monde (1923) by Darius Milhaud and Rhapsody in Blue (1924) by George Gershwin, specifically the original dance band version orchestrated by Ferde Grofé. Both pieces use a combination of classical and jazz influences, and this felt very reflective of my own experience as a music student at UWEC.

Overall, the piece uses a modified four-movement symphony plan. The first movement, Blues and Fugues, alternates a standard 12-bar blues with two four-voice fugues. The opening tenor saxophone solo presents the UWEC melodic material that appears throughout all four movements. The second movement, in Gold, focuses on timbres played by metallic instruments and introduces the other main melodic material, which musically spells out BLUGLD. The third movement is a waltz and the final movement, Finale, expands and combines material from the previous three movements.

I am so honored to have the opportunity to write Symphony in Blue &Gold for a place where I had so much musical and personal growth. I truly took this opportunity to heart, and tried to grow my own compositional voice and craft while writing this piece as a tribute to a place that was so important in my educational journey.

- Program Note by composer


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