Reflections (2009)

for Symphonic Band
(Instrumentation specs: 2.1.3+Eb+alto+bass+contralto.2/2+1+1/
Approximate Duration: 7:00
World premiere on February 10, 2010, at the Round Rock Independent School District Performing Arts Center
by the McNeil High School Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mr. Travis Ancelet.

Program Notes

While my musical tastes are diverse, I have special interest in wind band literature. Having been almost moved to tears by some of the beautiful and powerful music I have heard written for bands and wind ensembles, it has been a goal in my composing to be able to write with lyricism and strong emotion while still retaining the ability to keep the aspects of the music diverse.

Being a student in band with a love for the literature, I wrote “Reflections” as my first complete piece for band. I reflected on the fundamental elements of my favorite music and used that to create my own material and, with much thought and consideration, created the main melody and devised a blueprint for how I wanted the piece to progress. In orchestrating the piece, I showcased certain instruments such as the clarinet, horn, and euphonium due to their soulful, yet mellow tones.

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