Through the Looking Glass Falls

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9 minutes




Piccolo, flute 1-2, oboe, Bb clarinet 1-3, Bb bass clarinet, bassoon, Eb alto saxophone 1-2, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, Bb trumpet 1-3, F horn 1-4, trombones 1-2, euphonium, tuba, timpani, percussion 1-2* piano; *whip, snare drum, tam-tam, glockenspiel, vibraphone, bass drum, marbles (in bucket), wind chimes, suspended cymbals, xylophone, marimba


April 17, 2014 by the Brevard College Wind Ensemble in Brevard, NC. Miller Asbil, conductor

commissioned by

Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation and the Brevard College Wind Ensemble

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Through the Looking Glass Falls

Oh, Kitty! how nice it would be if we could only get through into Looking-glass House! I'm sure it’s got, oh! such beautiful things in it! Let’s pretend there’s a way of getting through into it, somehow, Kitty.

—Alice in Lewis Carol’s Through the Looking Glass

And here began my entrance into my own looking-glass world more than a year ago. Conductor Miller Asbill asked me to write a piece for the Brevard College Wind Ensemble that incorporated musical participation from Brevard Elementary students.

I decided to visit Brevard in early November 2013. During my stay, Miller showed me the town’s many waterfalls. I must have been impressed with their grandeur that soon after I decided to have the elementary-school students listen to a piece of music about water (Maurice Ravel’s “Jeux d’eau”) and have them each write a graphic-score representation of their Ravel impression. And then I took these drawings and interpreted them into this piece you have here. Musically speaking, the Brevard waterfalls have gone through many interpretive looking-glasses.

To create the title for this work, I combined the name of one of the Brevard waterfalls (Looking Glass Falls) with the title of a classic piece of juvenile literature (Through the Looking Glass).

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