Time Travel

Title: Time Travel
Date of Composition: Copyright © 1995 Daniel Bukvich
Level of Difficulty: High School
(solo for E flat soprano clarinet is tricky; some other semi-difficult solos)
Instrumentation: Wind Band/Wind Ensemble
Ensemble Set-up: Bukvich Symphonic Band Diagram
Performance Time: 7:49
Publisher: Wingert-Jones Music
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Program Notes:

Felix Hauswirth in Switzerland commissioned this piece. It was originally conceived as a minimalistic composition based upon the mathematical relationships found in the wheels/gears of a mechanical clock movement; the “wheel train.” The ratios and directions of rotations furnished material for form, pitch centers, melodic fragments, and rhythm.

There are some Ravel-like sounds in the piece. As he was working on this piece, Dan noticed that he hadn't been using the note “b” natural, which in the solfege scale would be “ti”. The abbreviation for “ti” in “sol-fa” is the letter “t”. Dan removed the letter “t” from “Time Travel” and got, “ime ravel” (or I’m Ravel), creating a play on words. This is why, at the end of the piece, it is so important when the horns come in with concert “b” naturals.

There are some special effects in the piece that sound like train whistles, boat whistles, and motor car races. At times, it is kind of a take-off on Ravel's Bolero.

Recordings: Details about recording(s):
  • Performer(s): University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music Wind Ensemble
  • Conductor: Alan Gemberling

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Recording(s) posted: [2002-09-28 00:00:00]

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