Barton McLean

About this work:

Performance with Tom Lee and the Univ. of Texas Wind Ensemble. I conducted. Tom was generous in giving me time and support with the Wind Ensemble. Like Ritual of the Dawn, I applied the same rhythmic-textural techniques, namely, each section being cued by hand cue of numbers, and within the section, everybody that has material plays it without regard for beat or measure. Thus, there is a freedom from the tyranny of the bar line, affecting a fluidity of sound allowing the timbral and gestural aspects to predominate. The influence of Xenakis was very apparent here. This is a very viable work -- but it requires a conductor who understands the style. This culminates my series of works for wind ensemble begun with Rondo for Band, through the two Legends, and now this. Shortly afterwards, I gave up on the wind ensemble due to the marked conservative bent of most of the conductors, who have not a clue as to what I was trying to do. Tom Lee was a true hero in my book.

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Although I, Barton McLean, hold the copyright, I nontheless hereby gladly authorize anyone to make copies and perform the work for noncommercial and/or educational purposes providing that my name is reasonably displayed as the composer.  I do not under any circumstances authorize selecting portions of the work to appear intact in another person's composition, or to appear under any other composer's name, without my written signed authorization.

Version: Wind Ensemble. C & P 1984 Barton McLean
Year composed: 1983
Duration: 00:13:26
Ensemble type: Band
Instrumentation notes: For Symphonic Winds & Percussion, or Wind Ensemble

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