FOR WIND ENSEMBLE
1 picc, 3 fl, 2 ob, 2 bsn, cbsn / 3 Bb clar, bass clar / SATB saxes /
4 Bb trumpets, 4 horns, 3 tbn (1 bass), euph, tba / string bass / piano, harp / timpani + 4 perc
Composed for the Hodgson Wind Ensemble at the 2017 CBDNA National Conference
Live recording by the Hodgson Wind Ensemble
While the piece is not narratively programmatic, each movement was inspired by images I associate with different types of beacons. Daybeacon imagines choppy waters, as we hear the main theme submerged and shifting. Relays is associated with relay beacons, passing rhythms and phrase fragments in paths around the ensemble. Orbital Lights is inspired by an imaginary lighthouse scenario: a beam of light, slowly revolving chord progression (lead by the piano, harp, and guitars), one-by-one illuminate faint, shimmering textures underneath a placid surface. These textures become more or less clear upon each rotation, but softly disappear as the projected light passes by. Polaris seeks to capture the radiance of the north star in a dark sky, freely pulling together moments from each of the first three movements.
Beacons was composed for Cynthia Johnston Turner (to whom the piece is dedicated) and the Hodgson Wind Ensemble at the University of Georgia, for the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) 2017 National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, hosted by the UMKC Conservatory.
This work is distributed by Murphy Music Press, LCC.
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