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time processional : for large wind ensemble

by Douglas Knehans (1995)

Audio Sample

Performance by Gerald Welker from the CD Selected works by Douglas Knehans

Selected works by Douglas Knehans


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Selected works by Douglas Knehans : vol 2

Library shelf no. CD 2093 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The form of time processional unfolds both sequentially, in time, and through a complementary projection of ideas into various interlocked strata of pitch and pulse. Such strata are generated using strict permutations of a central pulse, so that, in most sections of the work, two or more strata are being unfolded simultaneously. Each pulse stratum carries with it a centric pitch, which acts, like the pulse, as a center around which all musical unfoldings in each particular stratum occur. Using this compositional framework, or web of pulses linked to pitches, allows for a stratified and organized way to transform musical materials. Apart from this technical and formal aspect of the composition, such elaborate,stratified interlockings yield a temporal and expressive freedom that I find liberating and dramatic as well as powerfully expressive.

The title of the work refers to this process directly. Musical ideas are established and associated with one sense of time, or pulse, then shifted to another, resulting in a reorientation of the idea, much as occurs when one first perceives an event then goes on to re-live that event in memory: the event itself has not changed, yet time has recast the event in a new, yet deeply related way. It is the network of such transformations of events through time that is the compositional focus of the work.

time processional is the result of a summer research grant from the Research Grants Committee of the University of Alabama and is dedicated to Dr. Gerald Welker and the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble.

Work Details

Year: 1995

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, cor anglais, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contra-bassoon, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 2 cornets, 3 trumpets, 4 horns, 2 trombones, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, string bass (or synth), timpani, percussion (3 players), piano.

Duration: 17 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: In Memoriam Witold Lutoslawski

Commission note: Commissioned by the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble with the assistance of the University of Alabama, Research Grants Committee.

First performance: by Gerald Welker — 1995. School of Music Concert Hall, University of Alabama, USA

Winner of the University of Alabama Summer Research Grant recipient

Performances of this work

1995: School of Music Concert Hall, University of Alabama, USA. Featuring Gerald Welker.

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