Midsummer Pavanes, Op. 38

Composer: 

Year Authored (or revised): 

2019

Scoring: 

large wind-percussion ensemble

Duration (min): 

10

First Performance: 

East Carolina University, 2013

Composer's note: Written on commission from a consortium of American and Canadian bands, this work is a memorial to my mentor George Buckbee. As the title suggests, characteristics of the pavane, a moderately slow Renaissance dance sometimes associated with mourning, pervade the work. These include the stately “long-short-short” rhythmic pattern, and the paired but varied statements of melodic ideas. The work opens with a dirge over a descending bass line, a short trumpet fanfare, and a simple, cantabile tune heard in first in F and later in G-flat. The piece returns to F and ends with quiet, improvised percussion figures that slowly dissipate into nothingness.

Ensemble Type: 

band/wind ensemble large

new edition from 2012 original

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