All the Wings You Gave Us


for wind quintet (2018)




7 min.


Flute, Oboe (doubling English Horn), Bb Clarinet (doubling Bass Clarinet), Horn in F, Bassoon

Program Notes

All the Wings You Gave Us was written in tribute to Bill Scribner, a kind man, gifted musician and generous soul. Bill founded the Bronx Arts Ensemble in 1972 and led the organization for over 40 years. He understood the uplifting power of music and worked tirelessly to bring top-notch professional performances to the people of the Bronx.

Bill was passionately devoted to investing in the next generation of artists and creating opportunities for young musicians. I am forever grateful to have been one of these musicians. As a young composer, Bill mentored me and fostered some of my first professional engagements. When someone believes in you, they brighten your life for good. Experiences working with Bill and the Bronx Arts Ensemble helped nurture my growth as I honed my voice as an artist. I am just one of many. Bill touched the lives and hearts of countless community members, and his work lives on in the music we continue to make.

Oliver Caplan

Award-winning composer Oliver Caplan writes melodies that nourish our souls, offering a voice of hope in an uncertain world. Mr. Caplan’s works have been performed in over 120 performances nationwide. He has been commissioned by the Atlanta Chamber Players, Bella Piano Trio and Bronx Arts Ensemble, among others. Winner of a Special Citation for the American Prize in Orchestral Composition, additional recognitions include Veridian Symphony Competition Wins, Fifth House Ensemble Competition Grand Prize and VCCA fellowships. Recordings of Mr. Caplan’s music include his 2012 debut album Illuminations, 2015 EP Moon Over Appalachia and a track on the Sinfonietta of Riverdale’s 2016 album New World Serenade.

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