Song of Creation
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Performance notes: When I wrote this the first time, it turned out well according to my standards of quality, but I was not a mature enough musician to accomplish what I set out to do to the extent that it could actually be performed well. I revised the work heavily in the fall of 2008, fixing more than enough problems to make the piece work. However, some reasonable challenges still remain that I have left to the performers to find solutions to. Besides obvious technical issues in the fast repetitive passages, endurance is going to be a very present obstacle for the ensemble.
I am convinced that when I wrote the piece I had ideas that would have worked better for a larger ensemble but didn't have the skill to write as large of a piece as I wanted. Therefore, the density of the score is consistently thick, creating a bigger sound than the wood wind quintet is generally known for. This "flaw" can obviously be just as advantageous as it is a challenge by putting variety of not only style, but variety of sound itself into a program. As long as all of the performers are aware of the physical requirements and have a good sense of what lines are important, the piece overall should not prove to have unreasonable difficulty for most collegiate level ensembles.
Musical interpretation: Originally this work started with experimentation of what five voices can do. As the motives that came from the experimentation grew I discovered that the sound itself seemed as if it was growing in the beginning. So I decided to base the piece on the idea of growth; not growth of a singular organism, but an entire ecosystem and any sort of supernatural implications that can go along with the birth of such a system.
This work is about the non-human aspect of creation and what sin has done to the environment that we live in. The piece was finished when I finally found this passage to describe exactly what ended up going through my head: "The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by it own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God." This work depicts the beginning of creation and celebrates its existence, mourns its present state, and rejoices in what is promised to come.