Dancing at Stonehenge
concert band; 2003; ca. 6'
Published by Daehn Publications (DP2716) and available from music retailers everywhere
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Winner of the 2005 College Band Directors National Association Young Band Composition Competition
Commissioned by the Pioneer High School Music Depart, Royal Center, IN (Craig Blume, director)
Recorded by the North Texas Wind Symphony, conducted by Eugene Migliaro Corporon, relased by GIA
Publications as part of their Teaching Music through Performance in Band series. Click here for CD information.
"Driving rhythmic melodies surround a gorgeous chorale in this imaginative work. The music pops with color and excitement while the percussion maintains high energy." - Editor's Review, www.jwpepper.com
This piece attempts to invoke a festive tone, though without any overt musical/thematic references to the title. Musical ideas have been borrowed from a variety of resources; mostly audibly, I have taken cues from Brazilian music, American Jazz, and Renaissance music. This pluralistic approach is, however, suggested by the title. Stonehenge, on which construction began around 2950 BCE, is thought to have been used throughout the ages for a myriad of purposes - a burial site, and astronomical calendar, a site of early pantheistic worship, just to name a few. From this unclear diversity, it seems to me natural that an assemblage of varied musical materials could collide.
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