Based on the octatonic collection, Awakenings is a glorious work utilizes a tonal system not usually found in young band repertoire. The appeal of an octatonic collection lies in its unusual combination of available sonorities. Broad and grandiose throughout, this selection is truly an awakening.
Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
Level: 3 | Duration: 5:10
Bb Clarinet 1
Bb Clarinet 2/3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1/2
Bb Trumpet 1
Bb Trumpet 2
Bb Trumpet 3
F Horn 1
F Horn 2
Percussion 1 (marimba, chimes, bass drum, triangle)
Percussion 2 (tam-tam, crash cymbals, suspended cymbal, snare drum)
Awakenings was commissioned by the Proposed International Center of New Music at Central Michigan University. Directed by David Gillingham and Nico Schuler, the ICNM is dedicated to the creation, performance, and research of new music in piblic schools, private schools and universities.
In keeping with ICNM's mission, Awakenings exploits a 20th century tonal system not commonly found in the repertoire for younger bands: the octatonic collection. Also known as a "diminished" scale, it is a series of alternating whole and half steps. totaling eight pitches. Common in the music of Bartok, Stravinsky, , and Messiaen, as well as in jazz improvisation and film scores (including Danny Elfman), the appeal of an octatonic collection lies in its unusual combination of available sonorities.
- Kimberly K. Archer