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John Mackey

John Mackey


Subtitle: Adapted from Immortal Thread So Weak, from Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony for Band


General Info

Year: 2014 / 2017
Duration: c. 6:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Osti Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00   |   Score Only (print) - $25.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Marimba I-II
  • Vibraphone
  • Bass Drum, large


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

This is an adaptation of Immortal thread, so weak, the middle movement of Wine-Dark Sea.

This movement is the song of the beautiful and immortal nymph Kalypso, who finds Odysseus near death, washed up on the shore of the island where she lives all alone. She nurses him back to health, and sings as she moves back and forth with a golden shuttle at her loom. Odysseus shares her bed; seven years pass. The tapestry she began when she nursed him becomes a record of their love.

But one day Odysseus remembers his home. He tells Kalypso he wants to leave her, to return to his wife and son. He scoffs at all she has given him. Kalypso is heartbroken.

And yet, that night, Kalypso again paces at her loom. She unravels her tapestry and weaves it into a sail for Odysseus. In the morning, she shows Odysseus a raft, equipped with the sail she has made and stocked with bread and wine, and calls up a gentle and steady wind to carry him home. Shattered, she watches him go; he does not look back.

- Program Note by publisher


Commercial Discography


Media


State Ratings

  • Texas: IV. Complete


Performances

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  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Cliff Croomes, conductor) – 10 March 2020
  • Ocean Springs (Miss.) High School Wind Symphony (Kevin Sedatole, conductor) - 4 March 2020 (86th Annual ABA National Convention)
  • Banda Filarmónica Juveníl (Bogotá, Colombia) Wind Ensemble (David MacKenzie, conductor) - 21 March 2020
  • Texas Tech University (Lubbock) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Sarah McKoin, conductor) – 7 February 2020
  • Ocean Springs (Miss.) High School Wind Symphony (Muhamad Schuman, conductor) – 22 February 2020 (CBDNA 2020 Southern Division Conference, Natchitoches, La.)
  • Austin (Tx.) Symphonic Band (Richard Floyd, conductor) – 1 February 2020
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Concert Winds (Christian Reardon MacLellan, conductor) – 29 January 2020
  • Keene (N.H.) State College Concert Band (John T. Hart Jr., conductor) - 21 November 2019
  • Columbia University (New York, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Jason Noble, conductor) – 17 November 2019
  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Wind Symphony (Donna Dolson, conductor) – 14 November 2019
  • Marywood University (Scranton, Penn.) Wind Symphony (F. David Romines, conductor) - 10 November 2019
  • Indiana State University (Terre Haute) Wind Symphony (Nikk Pilato, conductor) - 17 October 2019
  • University of Southern Main (Gorham) Concert Band (Jackie Townsend, conductor) – 5 October 2019
  • Berklee College of Music (Boston, Mass.) Symphonic Winds (Dominick Ferrara, conductor) – 8 May 2019
  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattisburg) Wind Ensemble (Catherine Rand, conductor) – 29 April 2019
  • University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) Symphonic Band (Jamal Duncan, conductor) – 28 April 2019
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Symphonic Band (Joseph Higgins, conductor) - 25 April 2019
  • Clovis (Calif.) North Educational Center Wind Ensemble (Cheryl Floyd, conductor) – 12 April 2019 (2019 San Joaquin Valley (Calif.) Concert Band Invitational)
  • Colorado State University (Fort Collins) Symphonic Band (T. André Feagin, conductor) - 4 March 2019
  • San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) High School Honor Band (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 13 February 2019
  • Dallas (Tex.) Winds (Jerry Junkin, conductor) – 11 April 2017 *Premiere Performance*


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