Tower of the Winds
|Title:||Tower of the Winds|
|Date of Composition:||Copyright © 2010 Daniel Bukvich|
|Ensemble Set-up:||Bukvich Symphonic Band Diagram|
|Performances||This piece was performed by the 2012 MENC All-National Honor Ensembles concert on June 24, 2012 at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. Dan Bukvich was honored to be the guest conductor for the band portion of the concert.|
Tower of the Winds was composed in memory of the great American composer Russell Peck and is a tribute to his classic band composition (and the first “theater piece”) Cave, also known as Cave of the Winds.
The reader’s voice that you hear at the beginning of Tower of the Winds will have more referential meaning if you are familiar with Russell Peck’s notes for Cave…
In the Cave there is no sunlight. Everyone has lost sight,
The Cave is located on a Sethian node
Why the poem, and what is a Sethian node? When I was on the faculty at Northern Illinois University and wrote Cave (1975), the head of the Music Department was a believer in Seth, an Egyptian mystic from the age of the pyramids supposedly channeling through a woman in California, who wrote books explaining Seth’s knowledge. According to Seth there were special places on Earth that were energy nodes causing powerful things to happen.
At the time I wrote Cave experiments with theatre aspects in wind ensemble performance were very interesting to me, and Larry Livingston, the Wind Ensemble Music Director at Northern Illinois University, was a leader in this direction. So, the inspiration for the inclusion of the poem was that Cave has art option for theatrical performance—with musicians wearing dark glasses, using no music stands, and players moving to the music on stage (as noted in the score.) The poem thus evokes what could happen in actual performance.
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