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David Rackley

David William Rackley

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General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 10:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Manuscript
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The title Thesis No. 1 is a reference to the composer’s master’s thesis in partial fulfillment of his Master of Arts degree in composition and theory at San Francisco State University. Like his original thesis, entitled Examination of the Hero in a Time of War (on a poem by Wallace Stevens), Thesis No. 1 relies on an identical tonal pattern which begins with a single pitch, C. This pitch is exploited by the ensemble throughout the first section before adding a second pitch, B-flat. Subsequent pitches are then added one by one, until by the end of the piece all twelve tones of the chromatic scale are sounding and used in various patterns.

In the final section, the composer sets up an exciting rhythmic sequence culminating in chromatic scales driving the work back to middle C. There it sits for a few seconds before moving slowly and chromatically back to a final twelve-tone chord. After sustaining this dissonant chord for a few seconds, the ensemble plays the final chromatic flourish back to middle C, followed by two understated, short unison tags on, you guessed it, C.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer


None discovered thus far.