Dr. Tim Shade and the Wichita State University Wind Ensemble will be performing the first of multiple premieres of the SYMPHONY NO. 2 on September 26. Many thanks to these conductors for commissioning this work. The music will be available to everyone after June 1, 2020.
Wichita State University, Timothy Shade
Arkansas Tech University, Dan Belongia
Chicago College of the Performing Arts, Stephen Squires
Florida Atlantic University, Kyle Prescott
Florida International University, Brent Alston
Florida State University, Richard Clary
Frost School of Music, Robert Carnochan
Stephen F. Austin State University, David Campo
Texas A&M University – Commerce, Phillip Clements
University of Alabama in Huntsville, Dave Ragsdale
University of Connecticut, Vu Nguyen
University of Nebraska, Carolyn Barber
University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Mark Norman
University of Southern Mississippi, Catherine Rand
Utah Valley University, Thomas Keck
Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band, Luce Concert Band, and the Valparaiso Community University Concert Band, Jeffrey Scott Doebler
The foundation of this music is an ascending three-note motive of C-Ab-B. This motive is the basis for the primary 12-tone theme heard at the beginning.
Movement I. is a modified sonata form with a mood of foreboding. It may feel nervous, alarming, comical at times, and militaristic.
Movement II. is an ABA form built on an excerpt of the original theme from movement I. The zenith of the movement is a quiet chorale. This movement may feel like it is traveling and looking back with nostalgia.
Movement III. is a passacaglia and eight variations followed by a double fugue featuring two subjects heard simultaneously. The themes of the previous two movements reappear as the music develops into a dissonant texture that transitions to the opening bass ostinato. As the brass build tension, the music pushes towards its inevitable new tonic of G major.