Walking in the labyrinth : for concert band
by Karlin Greenstreet Love (2016)
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Library shelf no. 784.83/LOV 5 [Available for loan]
Several years ago I meticulously analysed the proportions of a meditation labyrinth at a retreat centre and wrote a small ensemble piece for its opening. I discovered that the route progresses through short lengths and quick direction changes, gradually becoming mostly long stretches with few turns until one reaches the centre: a place to pause and enjoy the stillness. The walk outward progresses from slow-paced changes to more frequent ones and usually I find I am in a brighter mood than when I went in. Since then I have been studying creative processes and notice how often writers recommend walking to clear the way or get unstuck.
Walking in the Labyrinth is built upon a progression through three tonal centres and a melody that was first created in 7/4. In the first part of the piece each section presents the melody in a different meter, the first ones truncating it, the later ones extending it, moving from the quick changes and turns of the labyrinth and initial surprises on the track to slower changes and settling into one's walking rhythm. It reaches a centre of stillness and reflection, then begins the trip back out, with dancing variations of the melody, energised and joyful.
Instrumentation: 2 flutes, oboe, 3 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet, 2 alto saxophones, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone/bassoon, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 horns in F, 2 trombones, euphonium, tuba, double bass, timpani, percussion (3 players).
Duration: 6 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by the Tasmanian Chapter of the Australian Society for Music Education
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