PDF of score. 56 pages (incl. cover and front matter). 8.5×14 in.
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Excerpt (reading by East Carolina University Symphonic Wind Ensemble) – m. 206 to end.
The expression “cog in the machine” is used by workers to describe themselves as insignificant, even unhuman parts of an organization. This piece reflects each player’s yearning for purpose in the “machine” of a wind ensemble. There are few solos, but numerous small ensembles playing short figures that create larger, undulating harmonies. Through collective action, the players aspire to make something greater than themselves. The piece is based on a Bach chorale which begins “Ah, how fleeting, ah how insignificant is the life of mankind!”
Flute 1 & 2
Clarinet 1 in E-flat
Clarinet 2 & 3 in B-flat
Horn 1 & 2
Trumpet 1 & 2 in C
Trombone 1 & 2
Perc 1: woodblock, triangle, sleighbells, maracas, bass drum
Perc 2: hi-hat, suspended cymbal, cowbell, brake drum
Perc 3: snare, 3 tom-toms