Subtitle: A Concert Story for Concert Band and Singer-Storyteller
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto 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-III-IV
- Bass Drum
- Bodhrán (optional)
- Crash Cymbals
- Orchestra Bells
- Suspended Cymbal
- Tom-Toms (3-4 low)
None discovered thus far.
This is a true story of an 1873 maritime incident on Lake Michigan somewhere between Beaver Island and Traverse City. At this time, almost all the residents of Beaver Island were Irish immigrants for whom Gaelic, not English, was the primary language, and Beaver Island had become the largest supplier of fresh-water fish for the entire country. Fishing was central to the island’s way of life, and the islanders were all too familiar with the dangers of being at sea.
The story told in the present work, and much of the narration, is drawn from primary sources: 1937 Library of Congress field recordings of oral accounts given by two men then in their 70s, Dominick Gallagher, Jr. and Andrew Gallagher (not related), children at the time of the 1873 incident, but with personal acquaintance of all involved.
This work also utilizes a Lake Michigan sea shanty known as The Gallagher Boys, the text of which was composed only one year after the incident by Dan Malloy of Beaver Island (to music that was likely pre-existing). Malloy would have also personally known all those involved. The last two verses have been newly written by the present composer.
The audience, representing the Islanders, helps perform the piece. Audience members will be invited by the “storyteller” to sing along on the one-line refrain of the shanty at its various appearances.
The composer wishes to thank the Michigan City Municipal Band and its director, Jeffrey Scott Doebler, for this commission and the opportunity to compose this work.
- Program Note by composer
Commissioned by the Michigan City Municipal Band, Jeffrey Scott Doebler, director.
- Program Note from score
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Valparaiso (Ind.) University Chamber Concert Band (Robert Lark, conductor; Richard AmRhein, narrator) - 11 February 2023
Works for Winds by This Composer
- And They Gathered on Mount Carmel (1995)
- Fanfare and Carol for Christmas
- Fanfare for Christmas Morning (1995)
- Fanfare for Christmas Morning (Brass) (1995)
- The Fire of the Living God (1995)
- Flashbax (2011)
- The Incantations of the Prophets of Baal (1995)
- Jericho (2005)
- The Magical Mystical Rain Forest (1991)
- Prayer of Elijah, The (1995)
- Private Eye Prowl
- Rachel Weeping for Her Children September 11 2001 (2002)
- Shinkansen (2019/2022)
- Susanna and the Elders (1978)
- Veni Emmanuel (1997)
- Where the Stormy Winds Blow (2022)
- Jesse Ayers website Accessed 11 February 2023