by H. Owen Reed (Grade 5, 8:30)
Commissioned by Mark Hindsley and the University of Illinois Band in 1958, this three-part work is based on a three note motive and is a showcase of contrapuntal writing. It is inspired by the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem. The number 5 is fundamental to the music from its 5/4 meter to the intervals used. The music builds throughout and is able to sustain the long-line so uncommon in many band works of today. Beautifully crafted, with big emotional power.
“A very attractive work by one of our most important composers. A mature ensemble will find the musical, rhythmic and technical challenges of the piece to be extremely worthwhile. It is great to have this outstanding composition back in print!” – John Whitwell, Director of Bands Emeritus, Michigan State University