Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Marimba and Winds
Daniel W. McCarthy
About this work:
This piece was commissioned by the publisher Cort McClaren (C. Alan Publications) and the School of Music at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. The piece was premiered at the Southeast chapter of the Music Educators National Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina in the fall of 1994 for the American Marimba soloist Michael Burritt, professor of percussion studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
The lush outdoors of northwestern Michigan's lower peninsula directly inspired the first and third movements, respectively "Deer Hunting in Michigan" and "The Stuff of Adventure." McCarthy developed a strong attachment to this region, being born in Onekoma, Michigan, growing up in Bay City, Michigan, and attending the Interlochen Art Academy during his High School years. While at the Interlochen Arts Academy he studied trumpet and piano for four years. McCarthy dedicated this composition to his trumpet teacher at Interlochen, John Lindenau. McCarthy chose the title "Chamber Symphony" to indicate that "the wind ensemble is more intimately involved (musically speaking) with the soloist than a accompaniment as in a concerto. In this regard, the single winds and marimba are treated integrally although the marimba is the featured instrument.”
Recorded by The University of North Texas Wind Symphony, Eugene Corporon, conductor, Mark Ford, marimba soloist.
Year composed: 1994
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 10+ players
Instrumentation: 1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet, 1 Bass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 Soprano Saxophone, 1 Horn in F, 1 Trumpet, 1 Trombone, 1 Tuba, 1 Percussion (General), ,1 Marimba soloist(s)
Instrumentation notes: Available form: C. Alan Publications, P.O. Box 29323
Greensboro, NC 27429-9323, 336.272.3920
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