Sea Creatures (wind octet version)
(wind octet with narrator) 28'00"
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Treat audiences of all ages to a spellbinding tour of the underwater world. Six movements: I. The Depths: The Second Frontier; II. Dolphin; III. Puffer Fish; IV. Moray Eel; V. Shark; VI. Epilogue: The Future. Now also available for full orchestra.
Audio Recordings: (Halama Wind Octet; Marlene Pauley, conductor; Mindy Ratner, narrator)
I was commissioned to compose this piece by the Halama Wind Octet of the Twin Cities, a superb group of professional musicians founded and conducted by Marlene Pauley. I spent a fun day at the Minnesota Zoo's Discovery Bay getting ideas for the work by observing the aquatic life. There are six movements, each preceded by a narration that I wrote myself (with a bit of helpful " tweaking" from Mindy Ratner who narrated the premiere). The movement titles are: I. The Depths: The Second Frontier; II. Dolphin; III. Puffer Fish; IV. Moray Eel; V. Shark; VI. Epilogue: The Future. The exact instrumentation is: 2 oboes [II doubles English horn], 2 clarinets in A [I doubles E-flat clarinet, II doubles bass clarinet], 2 bassoons and 2 horns. Sea Creatures is quite challenging both rhythmically and technically and definitely requires a competent conductor in addition to fine instrumentalists. It is perfect for young people's concerts but appeals to all ages. The work has had several performances in Europe, Canada and the U.S.