Moth

for wind band
duration: 8′
Commissioned by the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Jeff W. Ball, artistic director

Program Notes

The “moth to the flame” narrative is a familiar one. We have all seen moths in the glow of flames or stadium lights. Scientists call this phenomenon “phototaxis,” but I prefer to think of this attraction in much more romantic terms. The dusty moth, though destined to live in shadow, has an insatiable craving for the brightness of day. Drab, but elegant, nervous, but swift, his taste for the glow of the flame or the filament is dire. Perhaps he dances in the light because it holds the promise that he might be as beautiful as his favored kin, the butterfly. For only there, in its ecstatic warmth, may he spend the last of his fleeting life, and believe himself to be.
 
Moth seeks inspiration from the dualities between light and dark, beautiful and grotesque, reality and fantasy, and the ultimate decision to sacrifice sensibility for grace.
 
Thank you to the members of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony and their Artistic Director, Jeff Ball, for trusting me to write a piece for their momentous 2013 Midwest Clinic performance. I have nothing but gratitude and respect for their dedication to the music, and for their commitment to sharing the wind repertoire with the New York City community. The Brooklyn Wind Symphony’s ability to flourish outside of an institution is, in a word, extraordinary.
 
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Performance History

Pre-premiere: December 8, 2013
BKWS Winter Concert. Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Wind Symphony; Jeff Ball, conductor
 
Premiere: December 21, 2013
Midwest Clinic. Chicago, IL
Brooklyn Wind Symphony; Jeff Ball, conductor
 
March 2, 2014. Columbia Festival of Winds
Columbia University Wind Ensemble; Jason Noble, conductor
 
September 25, 2014. University of Illinois
University of Illinois Wind Symphony; Linda Moorhouse, conductor
 
February 6 & 7, 2015. National Band Association Symposium
West Chester University Wind Ensemble; Andrew Yozviak, conductor
 
February 22, 2015. West Chester University
West Chester University Wind Ensemble; Andrew Yozviak, conductor
 
February 28, 2015. West Chester International Trumpet Festival
West Chester University Wind Ensemble; Andrew Yozviak, conductor
 
March 16, 2015. Lakeside High School, Atlanta
Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony; Scott A. Stewart, conductor
 
March 26, 2015. Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Conference
West Chester University Wind Ensemble; Andrew Yozviak, conductor
 
April 9, 2015. NAfMe Eastern Division Conference
West Chester University Wind Ensemble; Andrew Yozviak, conductor
 
April 21, 2015. Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech Concert Band; Chaowen Ting, conductor
 
May 19, 2015. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center
Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony; Scott A. Stewart, conductor
 
June 6, 2015. Carnegie Hall
Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony; Scott A. Stewart, conductor
 
June 13, 2015. Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Wind Symphony; Jeff W. Ball, conductor
 
June 27, 2015. Queensland, Australia
Queensland Wind Orchestra; David Law, conductor
 
July 13, 2015. World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference
Brooklyn Wind Symphony; Jeff W. Ball, conductor
 
October 23, 2015. Coast Guard Academy Auditorium
U.S. Coast Guard Band; Richard E. Wyman, conductor
 
October 26, 2015. Coast Guard Academy Auditorium
U.S. Coast Guard Band; Richard E. Wyman, conductor
 
October 27, 2015. Coast Guard Academy Auditorium
U.S. Coast Guard Band; Richard E. Wyman, conductor
 
November 8, 2015. Vancouver, CA
Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble; David Branter, conductor
 
February 20, 2016. University of Michigan
University of Michigan Concert Band; Courtney Snyder, conductor
 
April 18, 2016. Bailey Performance Center, Kennesaw State University
KSU Wind Ensemble; Cory Meals, conductor
 
May 14, 2016. Tarrytown Music Hall; Tarrytown, NY
Westchester Symphonic Winds; Curt Ebersole, conductor
 
June 19, 2016. Palace Theatre; Stamford, CT
Westchester Symphonic Winds; Curt Ebersole, conductor