Flow


Instrumentation:
  3+picc.2.3+bcl.2./0.2.1.1/4.3.4.2./Euph/T+4/String Bass
Duration:                 9 minutes
Year:                         2016 rev. 2020

Audio Excerpt

Program Notes

In writing this piece for the University of Toronto Wind Symphony, I imagined the wind symphony as being a large extended organ that was capable of creating many layers of sound that move in and out of each other.  It was from this first concept that the idea of “Flow” became the central focus in my structural thinking.  From the quiet clusters that are heard in the beginning emerge large sound masses that ebb and grow.  Like a river which starts with a trickle, it turns into a series of rapids that converge into a larger body.  As the river reaches the mouth of the sea, the momentum finally gives way and we return to a slower flow, with the eventual dissipation of the sound into the silence.  The form of the piece follows this progression with some slight surprises in the journey.

The piece was written for the UTWS under the Composer-in-Residence program at the Faculty of Music. 

Performance History

  • Oct 22, 2016, University of Toronto Wind Symphony
    MacMillan Theatre, Toronto, ON
    Jeffrey Reynolds, conductor
  • May 10, 2017, National Youth Band of Canada
    Rosemount High School, Montreal, QC
    Wendy McCallum, conductor
  • May 11, 2017, National Youth Band of Canada
    Christchurch Cathedral, Montreal, QC
    Wendy McCallum, conductor
  • March 6, 2022. La Musique des Gardiens de la Paix
    Conservatoire a rayonnement Regional de Paris
    Paris, France

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