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Winds of Salaya

by Mahidol Wind Symphony & Mahidol Symphonic Band

The Mahidol Wind Symphony and Mahidol Symphonic Band premiere recordings of three new works for wind ensemble by composers James J. Ogburn, Roger W. Petersen, and Zurasak Ut-sa.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Elegy
Mahidol Wind Symphony & Christopher Hughes
9:13 $1.99
2. Raining Light
Mahidol Wind Symphony & Christopher Hughes
6:27 $1.99
3. Of Faith and Reminiscences
Mahidol Symphonic Band & Pamornpan Komolpamorn
6:47 $1.99
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Album Notes
Elegy (2011), to Martha Araiza Ogburn & for Chris Hughes and the Mahidol Wind Symphony

I wrote Elegy after the loss of my mother. In processing my grief I have spent a lot of time thinking about the complex person she was. Astoundingly generous, she dedicated her life to helping other people (she was a social worker for almost 40 years) but she could also be very frustrating to those who loved her most. This piece serves as a tribute to that complex and wonderful person. In the work, large sections are defined by quartal harmony, with the melodic interval pairing 4+5, while other passages consist of polyphony containing interval pairing 1+3 in the vertical and horizontal domains. The result is starkly contrasting character between discreet episodes: quasi-octatonic passages juxtaposed against ethereal, almost blissful consonances. In some places, I pushed quartal harmony to its limit by building stacked fourths until a (nearly) complete chromatic chord sounds. Confounding these structures are the freely composed, soloistic passages, most notably the oboe solo in the center of the work (set against a fixed, unfolding quartal sonority).

Christopher Hughes commissioned Elegy, for the Mahidol Wind Symphony. I am honored to have worked with such a fine musician, colleague, and friend on this project and enthusiastically praise the talented young musicians of his ensemble.

Raining Light, commissioned by Christopher Hughes and the Mahidol Wind Symphony.

Raining Light begins with a single note that builds into a sonority that serves as the basis for the musical material in the piece. Through slight variations, this sonority evolves to express a spectrum of emotional colors, from intense yearning and uncertainty to resolution, acceptance, and grandeur. The title is seemingly a contradiction, but relates the optimism of struggle giving rise to peace and darkness as a prerequisite for light. At the end of the journey, the piece dissolves to a single note, reminiscent of the beginning but also slightly different.

Of Faith& Reminiscences is Ut-Sa’s third piece for large wind ensemble. The ideas in the piece depict childhood memories of folk songs and dance ceremonies from E-Sarn Tai.

The Heterophonic texture characterizes various singing styles, the lengthening of certain notes as well as an ornamentation that reflects the traditional Thai style of Euen. This piece attempts to blend ideas and techniques of contemporary western composers with the materials from Thai traditional ritual music. Of Faith & Reminiscences is a re-composition of the original viola solo version. Written in 2011, the band version was commissioned by conductor Pamornpan Komolpamorn and premiered by the Mahidol University College of Music Symphonic Band.



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