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​Duration: approximately 15'00"


1 Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons, 1 Contrabassoon, 4 Bb Clarinets, 1 Bass Clarinet, 2 Alto Saxes., 1 Tenor Sax., 1 Baritone Sax., 4 Trumpets, 4 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone, 1 Euphonium, 2 Tubas, 1 Piano, 1 String Bass, 5 Percussion, Electronics (Live or Recorded Playback)

Program Notes:

I. a hole in the world

II. clouds of melancholia

III. of unspeakable love

"Our revels now are ended. These our actors,

As I foretold you, were all spirits and

Are melted into air, into thin air...

We are such stuff

As dreams are made on, and our little life

Is rounded with a sleep."

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest


This work was commissioned by a consortium organized by Timothy Shade and includes:

Wichita State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Timothy Shade, conductor)

Arizona State University Wind Ensemble (Jason Caslor, conductor)

Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble (Timothy Oliver, conductor)

Case Western Reserve University Symphonic Winds (Ryan Scherber, conductor)