composition

Symphonic Synthesis

for Band

  • Genre
    Wind Ensemble
  • Commissioned by/written for
    Richard Bailey, United States Navy Band
  • Year completed
    2010
  • Year revised
    2010
  • Timing
    7:00
  • Catalog number
    216
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  • General notes
    A more difficult revision of The Snipe Hunt
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Symphonic Synthesis was begun on June 9, 2010, and completed 12 days later. It was originally written as a work for high school band, entitled The Snipe Hunt. The present version, more advanced in its technical demands, was written for collegiate or professional ensembles. The work is written to synthesize different moods and instrumental colors in the contemporary symphonic wind ensemble. One hears the juxtaposition of classical and jazz, tonal and atonal (including the 12-tone row heard in the opening bass clarinet solo), and spiky rhythmic passages interspersed with chorales and other calmer sections. Symphonic Synthesis was premiered by the dedicatees on April 29, 2011 in Herndon, Virginia, and later recorded by them on the US Navy Band CD label.

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