concert band; 2009; 6'30
Published by Daehn Publications (DP200117) and available from music retailers everywhere
Commissioned by a consortium of Austin-area schools in memory of Diane Gorzycki
Anderson High School Band Austin High School Band Bailey Middle School Band Bear Branch Junior High
Bowie High School Band Boosters Brenda Lee Gabert Connally High School Band Covington Middle School
David Lee Sellars Denise Bothwell Breedlove Dessau Middle School Band Directors Choice, LLP
Dripping Springs Middle School Duncanville Band Boosters Henderickson High School Band James-Douglas Buck Palmer
Jay C. and Denise L. Baker Jennifer Hutcheson Karon Rilling Kelly Lane Middle School Band
Ken and Anne-Marie Crone Kenneth and Karen Stern Lafalco Robinson Mark of Excellence
Martin and Ellen Glass Michael and Susan Boone Murchison Middle School National Wind Band Honors
Park Crest Middle School Band Patrick and Susan NoGay Paula A. Crider Pflugerville Middle School Band
Pflugerville High School Band Randall and Theresa Parks Randy Bryant Rick Yancey
Susan S. Palmer Taylor Middle School The Branson Family The Fisher Family
Thrall Tiger Band, Thrall ISD Tommy Cowan Westlake Band Parents, Inc. Westview Middle School Band
The University of Texas at Austin Alumni Band University of Texas at Austin Sarah and Ernest J. Butler School of Music
Premiered by the Bailey Middle School Band, conducted by Bill Haehnel, on May 14th, 2009.
There were a couple of things everyone I talked to that knew Diane told me-- one of them was her vast and boundless energy. I think that "stuck"
with me-- the piece is very kinetic, and even when some element of the music becomes less intense (say, a soft section), there is still a pulsing,
driving force to the music that never really stops. The music has a sheen to it-- it's bright, always spinning out, with flashes of color; and a real
sense of joy throughout.
The title of the piece is Sparking Angels. I think it fits best, because it can have a lot of different meanings. For me, it is a metaphor for what really
wonderful teachers like Diane do. They sort of "spark" students into being better people. Of course, "sparks" are about beginnings, about starting
things that continue indefinitely-- this seemed somehow appropriate for a piece in honor of someone like Diane, who I know "sparked" a lot of
young minds. I hope a title like this really allows people to take it how they feel it best fits their own way of honoring and remembering Diane.
I sincerely hope that this piece does justice to Diane and captures something of her energy. Thank you to everyone involved in this project; I am
terribly humbled at being included in such an important and positive act of love.
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