Wind Ensemble/9'/Difficulty - Really hard/2007
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Full Score (11x17 paper)
First Performance (parts)
performed by the Florida State University Wind Orchestra
conducted by Richard Clary
“Turning” was commissioned by a consortium led by my high school friend, Josh Thompson, who is now a high school band director in the Chicago area. The overriding idea when writing the piece was to convey “strong” beauty as well as loss, rather than traditional “pretty” lyricism.
I chose the title “Turning” for this piece because the word can mean any number of things, all of which might be heard in the piece itself. It could refer to the turning of a massive, prehistoric planet, as the first signs of life begin to bubble up from cracks in the ground. It could refer to the turning of leaves in the fall, a beautiful – but melancholy – thing to see. Or, in the piece’s darkest moments, the title could refer to the turning of a knife into one’s chest.