for Orchestra

Michael Gilbertson

Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

I composed Wingspan in hope of capturing some aspects of the sight of eagles soaring ? the birds? spontaneity of motion, and the vastness of open space through which they fly. The work was conceived as an orchestral fantasy in which the violins play a central role, weaving through the surreal orchestral textures of the piece. After a fleeting introduction, the violins enter with a broad, rhapsodic theme spanning the extremes of the instrument. Three motivic gestures from the violin theme become the material on which the entire work is based. These motives are developed in a rhythmically driven series of variations that follow. As the rhythmic drive of the variations dies away, the main theme reemerges with urgency, working its way upward through the string section, interrupted by outbursts of brass and percussion. After the last strains of the theme fall silent, a series of rapid arpeggios in the violins propel the work toward an exalted climax and a frantic, sudden conclusion.

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Additional Information

Composition Date 2009
Duration 00:08:00
Orchestration 3(Picc.) 2 3(E-flat Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
Premiere May 7th, 2011. Symphony in C, conducted by Rossen Milanov; Gordon Theater, Rutgers-Camden, NJ.