B o r e a s : T h e N o r t h W i n d
Wind Ensemble -
3 Flutes (3° dbl. Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 3 Bb Clarinets, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Alto Saxes., 1 Tenor Sax., 1 Baritone Sax., 3 Bb Trumpets, 4 Horns, 3 Trombones, 1 Euphonium, 2 Tubas, 4 Percussion
Brass Band -
1 Eb Soprano Cornet, 4 Bb Solo Cornets, 1 Bb Repiano Cornet, 2 2nd Bb Cornets, 2 3rd Bb Cornets, 1 Flugelhorn, 3 Eb Tenor Horns, 2 Bb Baritone Horns, 2 Bb Tenor Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, 2 Bb Euphoniums, 2 Eb Basses, 2 Bb Basses, 4 Percussion
"And long he'd been without his heart's desire
While he preferred to woo with words not force.
But when fair speeches failed him, anger stormed,
The north wind's too familiar mood at home."
- Ovid's Metamorphoses, Book VI
Boreas was an ancient Greek deity, personifying the north wind. He was a winged god of ruthless disposition, which was rivaled only by the harsh wintry winds at his command. Boreas fell in love with Orithyia, the King’s daughter. Contrary to his genuine nature, he attempted to woo her with sweet words of devotion. His efforts were in vain, and Orithyia failed to yield to his advances. With this rejection, Boreas’s temper flared and he, once again, was overcome by his icy and merciless nature. Like Boreas, this work begins with slow, lyrical lines that quickly fade into an unrelenting fury of anger. Moments reminiscent of Boreas’s words of affection appear, but they are quickly washed away as the piece escalates.
Commissioned by Timothy Shade and the Bethel College Wind Ensemble.
The version for brass band has been prepared by the composer for the Fountain City Brass Band as a small token of thanks.
Selected Performance, 2017 Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference
Selected Performance, 2016 31st College Music Society's South-Central Conference
Winner, 2013 Gerald Kemner Prize for Wind Ensemble
Wind Ensemble Version:
Western Michigan University Concert Band (David Montgomery, conductor) - 9 April 2017; Kalamazoo, MI
Western Michigan University Concert Band (David Montgomery, conductor) - 31 March 2017; Kalamazoo, MI
Midwestern State University Wind Ensemble (Matthew Luttrell, conductor) - 18 March 2016; Wichita Falls, TX
University of Missouri-Kansas City Wind Symphony (Steven D. Davis, conductor) - 23 October 2014; Kansas City, MO
Bethel College Wind Ensemble (Timothy Shade, conductor) - 15 February 2011; Newton, KS
Bethel College Wind Ensemble (Timothy Shade, conductor) - 7 December 2010; North Newton, KS
Brass Band Version:
Diamond Brass Band (Sarah Labovitz, conductor) - 4 May 2018; Jonesboro, AR