Winging It

David Ward-Steinman

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Publisher: Merion Music, Inc.
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Quick Overview

Winging It was written in 1986 while the composer was in residence at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, supervising performances of thirteen of his earlier works. The piece was commissioned by the Chamber Players de Las Cruces, New Mexico ? Marianna Gabbi, Music Director ? and premiered by them November 22-23, 1986.

The work is scored for four winds (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn), percussion, and strings. The first movement, ?Orbits,? is based on rhythmic background iterations of major-2nd dyads (two-note chords) that accompany soaring melodic lines exchanged between winds and strings. The second movement, ?Free Fall,? consists mostly of freely expressive cadenza-solos by each of the winds, accompanied by string and percussion. Tempo and rhythm are often fluid, framing a dramatic climax in the middle of the movement. The last movement, ?Free Flight,? is actually a free fugue ? the literal meaning of fugue is ?flight? ? subtitled Fuga Libre (in Spanish rather than Latin, evoking the ?Cuba Libre? cocktail as well as the musical form).

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Additional Information

Composition Date 1986
Duration 00:13:00
Orchestration 1 1 1 0 - 1 0 0 0; Perc. Str.
Premiere November 22, 1986, Las Cruces, NM, Chamber Players de Las Cruces; Marianna Gabbi, conductor