Whitwell, Symphony Nr. 6, “States of Mind”

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A composition dedicated to persons who have been of unusual importance to me. Suitable for high school ensembles.

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Sym­pho­ny Nr. 6, “States of Mind”
David Whitwell (1937–)

Date: 2016
Instru­men­ta­tion: Con­cert Band
Dura­tion: 22:00
Lev­el: 4

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As I have begun that late peri­od of life when one begins to reflect on the course of a life, I want­ed to write some com­po­si­tions ded­i­cat­ed to per­sons who have been of unusu­al impor­tance to me.

I. Hap­pi­ness
The first move­ment is ded­i­cat­ed to Craig Dabel­stein, a pro­fes­sion­al edu­ca­tor and con­duc­tor in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia. In addi­tion to his own busy pro­fes­sion­al and fam­i­ly life, he has been respon­si­ble for edit­ing and get­ting back into print more than fifty of my books and a great deal of my edi­tions of ear­ly music.

II. Tran­quil­i­ty
The sec­ond move­ment is ded­i­cat­ed to Dr. Lar­ry Harp­er, Pro­fes­sor of Music and con­duc­tor at Car­roll Uni­ver­si­ty in Wis­con­sin. Lar­ry was a for­mer stu­dent, a bril­liant horn play­er who met with unusu­al suc­cess in his grad­u­ate work at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois. He is an unusu­al­ly fine con­duc­tor and has worked exten­sive­ly in Europe.

III. Faith
The third move­ment is ded­i­cat­ed to Dr. Ronald John­son, con­duc­tor of the Wind Sym­pho­ny at the Uni­ver­si­ty of North­ern Iowa. He has been a for­mer stu­dent and friend of many years and is an inter­na­tion­al­ly known con­duc­tor, hav­ing worked exten­sive­ly in Europe. Among his many accom­plish­ments, he was award­ed a teach­ing Ful­bright in Hungary.

This com­po­si­tion is the only instance in which I have used sources oth­er than mine. This comes from a desire to revis­it some of my favorite music of my youth. The begin­ning music is freely based on the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry Russ­ian Ortho­dox Hymn Dnew’ spase­nie, from the Russ­ian Court Chapel Choir Music, and a frag­ment by Peter Ily­itch Tchaikovsky (1840–1893), from the Com­mu­nion Ser­vice of the Russ­ian Ortho­dox Church, based on St. Chrysos­tom, an ear­ly Church Father of the East­ern Church.

Con­sid­er­ing the long his­to­ry of forced labor in Russ­ian his­to­ry, it seemed appro­pri­ate to me to con­trast this music with that of the Amer­i­can slaves. Includ­ed here are ref­er­ences to my favorite hymn, “There is a Balm in Gilead,” with my mother’s favorite hymn, “Will There be any Stars in my Crown?” This is fol­lowed by free impro­vi­sa­tion on “The Blind Man,” “This Train is bound for Glo­ry” and “Joshua fought the bat­tle of Jericho.”

David Whitwell
Austin, 2016