GRADE 1 & 2

In Three movements:

III. Wind in Eflat 

Commissioned by
Daniel J. Van Abs for The Eastern Wind Symphony, 
Princeton New Jersey, Todd Nichols, Conductor In Memory of Patricia Page Van Abs

Premiers June 9, 2018 by the Eastern Wind Symphony,
Todd Nichols Conducting, Princeton University, New Jersey.

Premiers July, 2018, The Musashino Academia,
Ray E. Cramer Conducting, Tokyo, Japan.

Performance October 23, 2018 by the University of North Texas Symphonic Band,
Dennis Fisher Conducting, Denton, Texas.

     III. WIND in Eflat
     Starting with a lone Bassoon 1 held note, Mother Nature spins a small breeze with the flutes and clarinets. The technical runs which are used throughout the entire movement have built-in motion with up and down movements, many of which happen in each small statement in each instrument. The first wind blows itself out in measure 31 with a crescendo and flourish of notes. In measure 32 the wind starts again with a more devious nature. This wind also winds down but instead of stopping completely, is lightly formed into a magical breeze, like that on a beautiful, deserted island or the winds that Peter Pan soars upon.

   Measures 90 to 124 represents such a wind beginning with, again, the magic “twinkling” of melodic percussion. Jazzy woodwinds are added to the “twinkling” magic with fluid solos in the Alto Saxophone, B-flat Clarinet 1 and French Horn, representing a perfect breeze playing across bare flesh. This is the first “revisit” of a theme from a previous moment but only in orchestration here, not thematically.

   Measure 125, sub-headed “Storm Brewing,” is exactly that. It starts out small, but takes on immense power which abruptly stops. A percussion feature section takes over with driving rhythms and solos. The rest of the wind ensemble is added gradually and quickly grows into a huge tornado which just as quickly disappears. At first it feels like we have escaped the full force of wind but then it hits with hurricane force music which drives relentlessly to the end. There is a recap of the main thematic material of “Sun” woven into the wind theme. The tornado is not only represented in the audio of this movement, but visually in the score as well.

III. Wind in Eflat

Twister in E-Flat =)
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Symphony No. 5 Elements *Foreword*: 

When I was kid, I always had a job. My family didn't have much money so there were plenty of chores
but no allowance. If I wanted something I had to make the money myself and buy it. I spent all my
money on music. Printed music, record albums, headphones and record player needles. I would turn out
the lights, put on headphones and listen to entire symphonies late into the night while laying on the
floor, eyes closed letting the music take me to wondrous places. Beethoven, Mozart, Mahler, Holst,
Mussorgsky, Sibelius, Saint-Saëns, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz and Rossini were my travel guides.
When I sat down to write Symphony No. 5, my goal was to take people to wondrous inner places.
Holst's “The Planets,” and Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition” were 2 of my favorite works, like
painting pictures with music. I wanted to do the same thing with my 5th symphony. Those two works
were quite masculine with strong, hard musical edges. I wanted to do something more feminine. I think
we have the name Mother Nature and not Father Nature for that reason. Nature doesn't have hard,
masculine edges. Everything is fluid, parts of a greater force, like a natural, endless reincarnation which
is as feminine as birth.
Symphony No. 5 is my attempt at creating a work worthy of listening to in the dark, letting music take
you on a tour of the inner sanctums of Mother Nature. To describe with notes and phrases how the Sun
feels on your skin, the loneliness of a 10 billion year life and the power of sustaining life here on Earth.
To drench the listener with Rain. It's beauty, its destruction, its melancholy, wrapped up in everything
living on earth. An inner journey of the water inside everything. Finally, the Wind; It's power,
unpredictability, it's life taking forces or when it as soft as a sensual breeze, caressing a sweat covered
body. To whirl into a twister only to blow itself out and to weave it's essence musically with Sun and
Symphony No. V “Elements” is a journey within Mother Nature, a journey inside ourselves. When
you have a chance, I hope you will listen to this work, with headphones, in the dark, with Mother
Nature, and with the other natural, magical force; music.