GHOSTS of the OLD YEAR
2016 Consortium for Wind Ensemble
MIDI Demo Recording
As a native Southerner, I have often struggled with my identity as a member of the exalted worlds of both academia and classical music. The past decade has seen some of the greatest conflict in the south since the civil rights era. From Hurricane Katrina to Virginia Tech to Charleston, the Southeast has seen more than its fair share of troubles. Yet many with roots to the region have chosen to remain silent and aloof.
Breaking this silence and attempting to express the anger and frustration I have felt serves as the inspiration for my new work for wind ensemble. The title "Ghosts of the Old Year" is taken from a poem by the African-American writer and educator James Weldon Johnson. I hope to draw on the many great musical traditions of the South including jazz, blues, and shape-note hymns. Particularly, the tune "Beach Spring," attributed to B. F. White, is set in multiple guises throughout. While much of the work deals with conflict, the conclusion is optimistic for the future but tinged with a sense of unease.
"Ghosts of the Old Year"
$300 per ensemble plus shipping.
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Organizing Conductor: Dr. Richard Mayne
Current Participants (8/16/16):
University of South Carolina
University of Illinois
University of Memphis
University of Northern Colorado
Metropolitan State University
Colorado State University - Pueblo
Valdosta State University
University of South Alabama
Fort Collins Wind Symphony
Previous Works for Wind Ensemble: