Sound and Smoke

for wind band
duration: 14′
winner of the 2012 Ithaca College Walter Beeler Memorial Prize

Program Notes

Both the title and concept of Sound and Smoke were derived from a line from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play Faust, when Faust equates words to “mere sound and smoke” and declares that “feeling is everything.” Each of the two movements has been given an abstract, parenthetical title to further incorporate Goethe’s conjecture that words will never be able to fully express what feelings and, in this case, music can. Therefore, these titles serve merely as starting points for personal interpretation and should not interfere with the music itself.
 
The first movement, (feudal castle lights), blurs the many different timbres of the ensemble to create a resonant and slowly “smoldering” effect. Because reverb is essentially built into the orchestration, harmonies must shift using common tones and are always built upon the notes preceding them. The second and final movement, (avalanche of eyes), opens with an alternating unison-note brass fanfare that is then spun out into a fast-paced toccata. Suspense and excitement are created as the spotlight moves quickly between the various colors of the ensemble and the fanfare is transformed.
 
The original concept of “sound and smoke” unifies these two otherwise dissimilar movements; often times ideas are presented and then promptly left behind or transformed. Musical events therefore appear and dissipate as quickly as sound and smoke.
 
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Performance History

Premiere: November 11, 2011. Miriam Friedberg Hall, Peabody Conservatory
Peabody Wind Ensemble; Harlan Parker, conductor

December 15, 2011. McCormick Place Convention Center; Chicago, IL
Cobb Wind Symphony; Alfred Watkins, conductor
Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic

March 25, 2012. Yamaguchi, Japan
Shimonoseki West High School Winds; Fujita Takayuki, conductor

March 30, 2012. Okayama, Japan
Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare Heartful Winds; Toshiya Iwata, conductor

March 30, 2012. Aichi, Japan
Hikarigaoka Girls’ High School Wind Orchestra; Kentaro Hino, conductor

May 22, 2012. The 14th Street Y; New York, NY
Manhattan Wind Ensemble; Christopher Baum, conductor

August 4, 2012. Yamaguchi, Japan
Shimonoseki West High School Winds; Fujita Takayuki, conductor

October 12, 2012. Woolsey Hall, Yale University
Yale Concert Band; Thomas Duffy, conductor

March 1, 2013. Ford Hall, Ithaca College
Ithaca Wind Ensemble; Stephen Peterson, conductor

March 2, 2013. New York State Band Directors Association Symposium
Ithaca Wind Ensemble; Stephen Peterson, conductor

March 4, 2013. Gusman Hall, University of Miami
Frost Symphonic Winds; Thomas Keck, conductor

March 21, 2013. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Wind Ensemble; Richard Adams, conductor

April 5, 2013. Union Colony Civic Center. Greeley, CO
University of Northern Colorado Symphonic Band; Richard Mayne, conductor

April 25, 2013. Mayo Concert Hall, The College of New Jersey
College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble; David Vickerman, conductor

April 28, 2013. Adler Theatre, West Chester University
West Chester University Wind Ensemble; Andrew Yozviak, conductor

October 9, 2013. Auburn University
Auburn University Symphonic Winds and Percussion; Rick Good, conductor

February 8, 2014. University of Texas at Arlington
UT Arlington Wind Symphony; Douglas Stotter, conductor

February 27, 2014. Columbus State University
Columbus State University Wind Ensemble; Jeff Lawson, conductor

March 1, 2014. CBDNA Conference at the University of North Florida
Auburn University Symphonic Winds and Percussion; Rick Good, conductor

March 7, 2014. Sonoma State University
Sonoma State University Wind Ensemble; Andy Collinsworth, conductor

March 15, 2014. CBDNA Western/Northwestern Conference at University of Nevada
Western/Northwestern Intercollegiate Band; Steve Peterson, conductor

April 13, 2014. Peabody Conservatory
Peabody performers; Christy Muncey, conductor

May 1, 2014. Northeastern State University
Northeastern State University Wind Ensemble; Norman Wika, conductor

September 30, 2014. University of Missouri-Kansas City
UMKC Conservatory Wind Ensemble; Joseph Parisi, conductor

October 8, 2014. University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas Wind Symphony; Robert Carnochan, conductor

October 9, 2014. University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble; Jeffrey H. Renshaw, conductor

October 13, 2014. Carnegie Hall
University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble; Jeffrey H. Renshaw, conductor

October 18, 2014. Grand Street High School in Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Wind Symphony; Jeff W. Ball, conductor

November 6, 2014. University of North Texas
North Texas Wind Symphony; Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor

February 6, 2015. Northwestern University
Northwestern University Symphonic Band; Shawn Vondran, conductor

February 10, 2015. Ohio University
Ohio University Wind Symphony; Andrew Trachsel, conductor

February 14, 2015. Upper Merion Area High School; King of Prussia, PA
PMEA Region VI Band; Andrew Yozviak, conductor

February 15, 2015. McKinley High School, Honolulu, HI
OBDA High School Select Band; Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor

March 3, 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
UNC Chapel Hill Wind Ensemble, Evan Feldman, conductor

April 21, 2015. Louisiana State University
LSU Symphonic Winds; Dennis Llinás, conductor

May 6, 2015. University of Illinois
Illinois Wind Symphony; Brian Coffill, conductor

May 11, 2015. Pioneer High School, Woodland, CA
Yolo Community Band; Bobby Rogers, conductor

May 16, 2015. Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, Las Vegas
The Desert Winds; Charles Macguire, conductor

July 27, 2015. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester University
Liberty Wind Symphony; Andrew Yozviak, conductor

October 3, 2015. University of Portland
University of Portland Wind Symphony; Patrick Murphy, conductor

October 16, 2015. University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin Wind Symphony; John R. Stewart, conductor

October 21, 2015. Oakland University
Oakland University Wind Symphony; Gregory Cunningham, conductor

November 12, 2015. Ruth Lilly Performance Hall, University of Indianapolis
University of Indianapolis Wind Ensemble; Vu Nguyen, conductor

November 14, 2015. Oakland University
Oakland University Wind Symphony; Gregory Cunningham, conductor

December 3, 2015. Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne
IPFW Symphonic Wind Ensemble; Daniel Tembras, conductor

January 15, 2016. IMEA State Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana
University of Indianapolis Wind Ensemble; Vu Nguyen, conductor

January 29, 2016. Missouri Music Educators Convention
Missouri All-Collegiate Band; Steve Peterson, conductor

February 15, 2016. Hot Springs Arkansas Convention Center
University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble

February 20, 2016. University of Iowa
University of Iowa Symphony Band; Richard Mark Heidel, conductor

March 2, 2016. College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Wind Ensemble; Justin T. Zanchuk, conductor

May 13, 2016. Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference
University of Iowa Symphony Band; Richard Mark Heidel, conductor