When imagining writing for the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, I knew immediately that I wanted to write something “oceanic.” I would use the whole ensemble like a vast organism, and fleeting soloistic creatures would emerge briefly and be quickly subsumed by the overall sound mass. The title brings together the natural and the industrial, and waves of sound move between liquid and solid states, water and steel. Colorful, strange characters emerge, as amplified, microtonal harps create detuned textures that live alongside brassy, distorted “big band” stabs. These, however, are fleeting figures in the ocean of sound that is the main thrust of the work.
3 (1 doubling picc.).18.104.22.168 saxophones-22.214.171.124-5 perc.-2 harps
Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble on November 2, 2012