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Steven Bryant: Alchemy in Silent Spaces: Concert Band

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COMPOSER: Steven Bryant
PUBLISHER: BCM International
PRODUCT FORMAT: Score
This large-scale three-movement work, commissioned by Ray Cramer and the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, embodies the transformation of silence into sound. The opening movement is sparse, utilizing mallet percussion, harp, andpiano to create a floating sense of timelessness. Featuring extensive
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Composer Steven Bryant
Publisher BCM International
Instrumentation Concert Band
Product Format Score
Year of Publication 2003
UPC 073999263251
No. HL04002119
Number of pages 22
Series Steve Bryant
Description
This large-scale three-movement work, commissioned by Ray Cramer and the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, embodies the transformation of silence into sound. The opening movement is sparse, utilizing mallet percussion, harp, andpiano to create a floating sense of timelessness. Featuring extensive solo flute, this floating texture gradually builds over several minutes, ultimately launching itself into a grandiose, warm, harmonically consonant blanket ofsound. The second movement continues the focus on solo flute, and again opens slowly, gradually gaining momentum, but at a faster pace than in the first movement. The music spirals upward and outward, but instead of reaching aplateau, winds itself out and comes to a grinding halt in the upper range of the ensemble. Five brief, solemn chords conclude the movement, which immediately erupts into Movement III, music of unceasing, unsettling, motion,propelled by a driving ostinato which is repeatedly interrupted by bittersweet moments of lyricism, all the while pushing toward an unforgiving climax. The movements may also be performed separately. There is no explicit narrativeto the piece, though many particular elements do have personal quasi-biographical significance. Ultimately, this is music of both personal and musical transformation.

NOTE: This work is available as a rental item directlyfrom the composer. For details, e-mail rental@stevenbryant.com. The score is also available separately for purchase from Hal Leonard.
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