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.