Love Awakens

$50.00

for concert band (grade 4) (2017)

 

Description

Audio


Performed by the University of Cambridge Concert Band.
Philip Howie, Director

Duration

6 min.

Instrumentation

piccolo, 2 flutes, oboe, 3 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, 2 alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 3 Bb trumpets, 3 trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (glockenspiel, xylophone, tubular bells, timpani, snare drum, triangle, suspended cymbals, crash cymbal)

Program Notes

“Love is an attempt to change a piece of a dream-world into a reality.” – Henry David Thoreau

When Philip Rice asked me to write a piece for the Straits Area Concert Band, I was given a collection of Thoreau’s thoughts, ideas, and philosophies. From musings about family to reflections on nature, Thoreau’s numerous excerpts provided me a great deal of contemplation. However, the above quote stood out amidst the hundreds of others.

I believe this quote captures the concept of love perfectly. Love is a feeling. Love is also a choice. The verb “to love” is more of an action than a passive emotion. Through Thoreau’s poeticism, the idea of love existing in a dream-world versus reality emphasizes the requirement of action rather than passivity.

Anyone can dream about someone they love. Anyone can hope, wish, or desire their life to be with another. But it’s only in taking initiative that feelings of love will be given and consequently received. It’s only in taking action that will awaken the love that’s existed solely in dreams.

Love Awakens is a musical reflection on the idea that love is a choice. The idea of love can bring about fear. The giving of love can result in moments of failure. Loving another is never an easy journey. For most everyone, love exists initially as a feeling – or a dream –, becoming ever more present in our lives. We try to love. We fail to love. But ultimately, love triumphs through choice and through commitment. When love is simply a dream, never stop attempting to transform it into a reality.

 

Description

Audio


Performed by the University of Cambridge Concert Band.
Philip Howie, Director

Duration

6 min.

Instrumentation

piccolo, 2 flutes, oboe, 3 Bb clarinets, bass clarinet, bassoon, 2 alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, 3 Bb trumpets, 3 trombones, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion (glockenspiel, xylophone, tubular bells, timpani, snare drum, triangle, suspended cymbals, crash cymbal)

Program Notes

“Love is an attempt to change a piece of a dream-world into a reality.” – Henry David Thoreau

When Philip Rice asked me to write a piece for the Straits Area Concert Band, I was given a collection of Thoreau’s thoughts, ideas, and philosophies. From musings about family to reflections on nature, Thoreau’s numerous excerpts provided me a great deal of contemplation. However, the above quote stood out amidst the hundreds of others.

I believe this quote captures the concept of love perfectly. Love is a feeling. Love is also a choice. The verb “to love” is more of an action than a passive emotion. Through Thoreau’s poeticism, the idea of love existing in a dream-world versus reality emphasizes the requirement of action rather than passivity.

Anyone can dream about someone they love. Anyone can hope, wish, or desire their life to be with another. But it’s only in taking initiative that feelings of love will be given and consequently received. It’s only in taking action that will awaken the love that’s existed solely in dreams.

Love Awakens is a musical reflection on the idea that love is a choice. The idea of love can bring about fear. The giving of love can result in moments of failure. Loving another is never an easy journey. For most everyone, love exists initially as a feeling – or a dream –, becoming ever more present in our lives. We try to love. We fail to love. But ultimately, love triumphs through choice and through commitment. When love is simply a dream, never stop attempting to transform it into a reality.

 

Tony Manfredonia

Tony is a composer and orchestrator living in Petoskey, MI, providing a multi-layered and sensory experience through expressive, colorful orchestration and warm melodies. He adds new perspectives to stories, environments, and everything in between through massive orchestral productions, as well as intimate atmospheres.

With performances and readings from chamber ensembles and orchestras, such as Apollo Chamber Players and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Tony's music has been played across the nation and has recently become published with MusicSpoke. Most recently, the Straits Area Band commissioned him to compose a work for the Mackinac Arts Council, celebrating Henry David Thoreau's bicentennial. Additionally, growing up alongside video games, he lives the life of a video game composer, creating sonic spaces and emotionally-driven tracks to enliven each game's world.

Born and raised near Philadelphia, PA, Tony graduated from Temple University with a degree in Music Composition. During his time in college, he had the blessing of meeting Maria - a young equestrian from Northern Michigan - via his blog dedicated to mental health awareness. Ever since mental health awareness was the spark for their marriage, he continually advocates those who suffer from mental illness. Through music, he expresses the inexpressible for those who don’t have a voice.

Notable works currently in progress are a new opera for OperaRox Productions, as well as the soundtrack to The Wayward Isles.



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