PULSE
for Wind Symphony

Composed: 2013
Commission: Dr Caroline Beatty, Texas State University Wind Symphony
Premiere:  Texas State University Wind Symphony, Dr. Caroline Beatty, conductor, March 20, 2014
Duration: 6 minutes
Instrumentation:  Pic, Flute 1, Flute 2, Oboe 1, Oboe 2, Clarinet 1, Clarinet 2, Clarinet 3, Bass Cl., CBCL (opt), Bsn 1, Bsn 2, Alto Sax 1, Alto Sax 2, T. Sax, B. Sax, Hn 1, Hn 2, Hn 3, Hn 4, Trp 1, Trp 2, Trp 3, Tb 1, Tb 2, B Tb, Euph, Tuba, 5 Perc, Timpani, PF

PROGRAM NOTES

A constant motor rhythm beats throughout most of Pulse.  More and more instruments enter with varying rhythms, but over the same basic pulse.  In a contrasting middle section the underlying pulse, while still there, is somewhat hidden.  Mysterious sounds throughout the wind ensemble create a background for wisps and fragments of melodies with the flavor of different cultures.  The beginning motor rhythm returns, but near the end there is a longer rendition of the melody played by the woodwind section, accompanied by low brass and percussion.  Rhythmic pulses of differing values exist over a steady grand pulse that is the same for all.  Originally a work for orchestra, this version of Pulse for Wind Symphony was commissioned by the Texas State University Wind Symphony, Dr. Caroline Beatty, conductor.