To Gold in Broadest Blue (Parts) (download)
This uplifting work draws inspiration from the composer’s home state of North Dakota and grounds itself in possibility, tranquility, and peace.
For concert band
Commissioned by the Midwest District of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi
I grew up in the country, outside a small town in North Dakota. The prairie, the rolling hills, the colors, the peace and quiet ~ that is home to me. To Gold in Broadest Blue emulates that place. It is not majestic or grand like the mountains or the sea, but there is something magical about the space and the horizon line. For me, To Gold in Broadest Blue (a line taken from a Wallace Stevens poem) reflects upon that line between the fields of wheat and the sky. The music is built on ascending lines ~ the blue sky, cloudless, all around us, and ends with a hymn-like chorale that takes its footholds in the dirt, grounding us to the earth and our place in the world.
Piccolo/flute B-flat Trumpet 1
Flute 1 B-flat Trumpet 2
Flute 2 B-flat Trumpet 3
Oboe 1 Horn 1
Oboe 2 (doubling English Horn, optional) Horn 2
Bassoon 1 Horn 3
Bassoon 2 Horn 4
E-flat clarinet Trombone 1
B-flat clarinet 1 Trombone 2
B-flat clarinet 2 Bass Trombone
B-flat clarinet 3 Euphonium
Bass Clarinet Tuba
Soprano Saxophone String Bass
Percussion 1 Percussion 2 Percussion 3
Vibraphone Tam-tam Timpani
(motor off, pedal with discretion) Suspended Cymbal Crotales
Triangle Triangle Marimba
Suspended Cymbal Chimes Bass Drum
There are specific whistling instructions in the score. N = niente.
The English Horn line is optional (and not transposed in the score). It may be played by oboe.