Tesla's Dream

From Wind Repertory Project
Gary D. Ziek

Gary D Ziek

General Info

Year: 2020
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Wingert-Jones
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $10.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Oboe (optional Flute II)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I/B-flat Trumpet I
B-flat Soprano Clarinet II/B-flat Trumpet II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Horn in F
Euphonium (optional Trombone II)
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was one of history's greatest inventors and engineers. A Serbian American, he is best known to the world for his contributions to the development of the alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. Endlessly creative, he felt his designs and visions resulted in part from his ability to control "lucid dreaming" – the awareness of the dream state. His ultimate dream led to the construction of Wardencliffe Towers in Shoreham, New York, in 1902 which he believed he could develop into a new wireless power transmission system that would revolutionize the world. This dream would go unrealized as the tower was scrapped in 1917 in order to pay off his debts. Will the future bring Tesla's vision to fruition?

In this work rescored for reduced instrumentation ensembles, a soft, contemplative flute solo backed by gentle mallet percussion creates the dream state which Nikola Tesla believed was the source of his creative ideas. This theme is repeated, growing to a full ensemble impact representing the moment of inspiration and creation coming to fruition. The music then becomes faster, with the initial tranquil flute melody gradually transforming into a frenetic dance which symbolizes his many wide-swinging moods and colorful eccentricities.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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