Scherzo Fantastique for Wind Ensemble
Commissioned by Dr. Rebecca Phillips for the 2016 South Carolina All-State Band
Duration: ca. 5 minutes
Difficulty: Grade 4.5
"The Moorlands: Scherzo Fantastique for Wind Ensemble" is a short, but intense work intended to evoke the mysterious and brooding moors of England, Scotland and Wales. Featured prominently in many works of fiction, including notable chase scenes in the works of Brontë, Tolkien, and Doyle, these desolate landscapes have inspired a sense of wonder, dread and excitement for generations. The scherzo seemed an appropriate vehicle for such places as it often combines an intense allegro with a sense of mischief or foreboding (i.e. Dukas and Mendelssohn). A syncopated rhythmic motive binds the work together which is interrupted by a nod towards an English folksong in the center section. The melody returns later to be united with the dominant syncopated motive as the chase winds towards its inevitable conclusion. This work was commissioned by Dr. Rebecca Phillips for the 2016 South Carolina All-Sate Band.
Fort Collins, Colorado
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