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Towards Joy (Band 5)


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 5 | Duration: 6:00
Publisher: C. Alan Publications | Copyright: 2019

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  • Notes & Instrumentation

    Towards Joy is 6 minutes of exuberance, sparkle, and celebration inspired by three short poems by writer/artist Brian Andreas. This demanding work features a clarinet solo as well as section features for the saxophones, flutes, and percussion.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 5 | Duration: 6:00

    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2
    B-flat Clarinet 3
    B-flat Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2
    B-flat Trumpet 3
    F Horn 1
    F Horn 2
    Tormbone 1
    Trombone 2
    Trombone 3
    Baritone T.C.
    String Bass

    Timpani (4 drums, wind chimes)
    Percussion 1: bells, crotales (2 octaves), xylophone
    Percussion 2: vibraphone, woodblock
    Percussion 3 : chimes, triangle, suspended cymbal, tambourine, shared vibraphone
    Percussion 4: snare drum, hi-hat, bongos, China cymbal, pedal bass drum, snared vibraphone
    Percussion 5 (concert bass drum, tam-tam, egg shaker

    Program Notes
    Towards Joy was commissioned by the Cedar Ridge High School Wind Ensemble (Hillsborough, NC) and their conductor Josh Cvijanovic to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the school. The pieces draws its inspiration from three short, joyful poems by writer/artist Brian Andreas.

    Choose Joy
    You get a whole world
    when you choose joy
    & you get only pieces
    when you don’t
    & none of that will make a bit of sense
    until that moment you choose joy.

    Re-align with Joy
    When do you go from
    leaping with no other
    thought but how high
    you can go & instead slip
    into wondering how it’s
    going to hurt when you land?

    Towards Joy
    Trust your instincts
    to go towards joy.
    (also, trust your instincts
    to stay away from people
    who tell you your instincts
    are wrong).

    After a sparkling, celebratory opening, the piece is presented in three sections – each corresponding to one of the three poems. The first section, Choosing Joy, features a soaring melody in the upper woodwinds and trumpet with active undulating figures in the clarinets, saxes, and percussion. This is answered by a lush & & slightly darker theme in the brass, which then moves into the upper woodwinds in a much more uplifting presentation. The second section, Re-aligning With Joy, features the “Joy” theme in a rhythmically disjunct presentation by the clarinets, woodblock, bongos, and bass drum. The flute and saxophone sections have their own moments in the sun with quick, imitative melodies thrown about, which ultimately leads to all of the woodwinds and brass joining forces against the entire percussion section. This finally gives way to the third and final section, Towards Joy, which is characterized by an exciting, highly-syncopated accompanimental rhythm shared across the ensemble. The soaring “Joy” melody is presented majestically by the upper brass with interjections by the low brass & woodwinds.

  • Video

    • Towards Joy - Nathan Daughtrey

      Cedar Ridge High School Wind Ensemble (Josh Cvijanovic, conductor)
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