Thank you to the NorthWinds Symphonic band for sight-reading and recording these three newer works. Debbie’s Dance, Waltzing with Dragons and Ancient Skies.
It began as an experiment. Could two composers of different styles write a work that sounds both consistent and cohesive? “Double Helix” is a work that attempts to combine two relatively similar timbres with the rich sonorities of the modern concert band. In mid 2012 Robert Langenfeld asked Gavin Lendt to study composition with him in order to prepare for graduate school.
They agreed on writing a concertino (little concerto) for solo horn, euphonium and band. The respective instruments that Gavin and Robert play. The process of writing the work involved incorporating each other’s ideas and constantly reworking the piece with constructive feedback. There are over thirty versions of the work in their shared Dropbox folder.
“Double Helix” is presented as a gift to the NorthWinds musicians in celebration for 10 years of sharing their talent with the Kansas City community.
I just finished writing two pieces back to back. Now, when I write two pieces within a week of each other they tend to sound similar (more than my regular self-plagiarizing). But in this case it’s ok because each piece will probably never be played by the same band at a concert. One is grade 2+ and the other is grade 5. There may be a few harmonic progressions that the two pieces share but in reality their most common trait is how they were titled.
I have Danny Watring, co-conductor of the NorthWinds Symphonic Band, to thank for that. His May 2014 concert is going to be themed around Flight and Travel and he may program one of my pieces for it. It will probably be my new grade 5 work Altitude Adjustment (see the flight theme there?). This piece was written fairly quickly and is an energetic romp with an enlightened middle section.
The new grade 2 work titled Ancient Skies starts out slow and somewhat Gregorian. The pace picks up and melds into joyful optimism. You can hear hints of Of Surf and Shore and Debbie’s Dance in this but it’s still a unique piece. Very playable by Middle School/Jr. High band students and will be a favorite among them and their teachers.
Have a listen to the demo of these two Sky-Themed Pieces.
Live Recordings coming within the next few months.
What you are saying…
Hello My trio and I must say thank you because that music got us an Superior rating. So thank you so much.
What a privilege it was to be in the band that premiered your piece today.It is fun to play and to listen to. And thanks for scoring the lowest note on my instrument. I hardly ever get to use it.
This is an ideal entry-level contest piece for middle school players. The Instrumentalist, August 2011
Mr.Lendt I just wanna say thank-you for At A Moments Notice. I really enjoyed playing it for you.