"The Four Winds" for orchestra
Master of Music
It is my intent to portray the "Four Winds" in an abstract way, painting a musical impression in each movement. To facilitate this, I am treating each wind as a unique character and featuring one of the four families of orchestral instruments in each movement. The first, entitled "Squall," is brisk and energetic, like a coastal breeze blowing from the West. It is represented by the string section which soars in dense clouds of pitch clusters. "Zephyr" is calm and light, like a cold and bitter Northern wind. The percussion propels the motion in a subtle and delicate fashion. The third wind is a warm, sweltering Southern wind, featuring richly orchestrated woodwind chorales; it is entitled "Sirocco," after the hot, dusty and humid Saharan wind. "Cyclone" is the final wind that blows from the East. Its mood is unrelenting, fierce and overpowering; it features the brass as apocalyptic messengers.