About this work:
Commissioned by The Women’s Philharmonic and the American Composers Orchestra with a grant provided by NEA in 2000, the orchestral piece TU was composed between July and August of 2002, and dedicated to the memory of New York firefighters who sacrificed themselves protecting thousands of fellow citizens at the 9.11 tragedy in 2001, to express the composer’s compassion for the victims and their families, to denounce terrorist acts, and to call for peace in the future. The first recording was produced by BIS and performed by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Lan Shui in October, 2002. The world premiere took place on March 7. 2004, at The Women’s Philharmonic’s final concert, “The American Women Masters Gala Concert”, conducted by Anne Manson, at Herbst Theater, San Francisco, CA, as part of a state-wide festival promoting women composers and conductors throughout the month. The wind ensemble version was premiered subsequently on April 8, 2004, by UMKC Wind Symphony conducted by Dr. Sarah McKoin. The Chinese character Tu could be related to burning, poison and fiery... INSTRUMENTATION 3 Flutes (doubling Piccolos) 2 Oboes 2 Bassoons Contrabassoon 2 Clarinets (in B-flat) Bass Clarinet (in B-flat) 4 Saxophones (SATB) 4 French Horns (in F) 3 Trumpets (in B-flat) 2 Trombones Bass Trombone Tubas Euphonium (optional double with Trombone 1) Baritones (optional double with Trombone 1 & 2) Harp Percussion 1: 2 Timpani, Suspended Cymbal; Marimba (4 1/2 oct.) Percussion 2: Tubular Chime; 2 Crotales (b’’ and c’’’); Xylophone (3 1/2 oct.) Percussion 3: 4 Tom-Toms; Bass Drum; Tam-Tam; Marimba (4 oct.); Glockenspiel (g-e’’’) Percussion 4: Snare drum; Japanese High Woodblock; Marimba (4 oct.), Bass drum Double Basses
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Version: Wind ensemble
Year composed: 2004
Ensemble type: Band:Wind Ensemble
Instrumentation notes: Adapted from Tu for full orchestra, scored for 2 Fl, 1 Picc., 2 Ob, 2 Bsn, 1 C.Bsn, 2 Cl, 1 B.Cl, 4 Sax (SATB), 4 FH, 3 Tp (Bb), 2 Trb, Baritones, 1 B.Trb, 1 Tuba , Hp, 4 Perc. D. Basses.