The heavens declare    2013

     for soprano and wind symphony

I love working with text and different instrumental colors. I chose the text based on the images and messages in these verses, placed together to outline a basic description of the relationship between God and man. This relationship is further highlighted by the relationship between the soprano and the ensemble. When the text becomes more self-centered, solos and fewer voices play with the soprano.  The entire ensemble begins and ends the piece with rejoicing. It was a special challenge to balace the strength and variety of the wind symphony in a way that did not overpower the soprano, enabling her to shine while celebrating the wind symphony’s diverse strengths. I was able to explore many different, wonderful colors, both through different instruments and in different parts of the soprano’s range.

Piccolo

Flute 1,2

Oboe 1,2

English Horn

Clarinet in E-flat

Clarinet in B-flat 1,2,3

Bass Clarinet

Soprano Saxophone

Alto Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone

Baritone Saxophone

Bassoon 1,2

Contrabassoon


Soprano


Horn in F 1,2,3,4

Trumpets in B-flat 1,2,3

Trombone 1,2

Bass Trombone

Euphonium 1,2

Tuba


Timpani

2 Percussion

Instrumentation

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The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.

Psalm 19:1

When I observe Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You set in place,

what is man that You remember him, the son of man that You look after him?

Psalm 8:3-4

for in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to discover and hate his own sin.

Psalm 36:2

You have made his splendor to cease and have overturned his throne.

You have shortened the days of his youth; You have covered him with shame.

Psalm 89:44-45

For I am conscious of my rebellion, and my sin is always before me.

Psalm 51:3

My strength is dried up like baked clay; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth.  You put me into the dust of death.

Psalm 22:15

But You, Lord, are a compassionate, and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth.

Psalm 86:15

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love toward those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:11

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart rejoices, and I praise Him with my song.

Psalm 28:7


Excerpts taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible

Percussion 1: triangle, high suspended cymbol, low suspended cymbol, marktree, snare drum, tam tam, bass drum, tubular bells

Percussion 2: triable, low suspended cymbol, tam tam, bass drum, marimba