Grayce & Sickle

for Wind Ensemble

Nkeiru Okoye (composer)
Flute 1, Flute 2 (Piccolo), Oboe, Clarinet in B, ...
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Nkeiru Okoye composed GRAYCE & SICKLE as a tribute to leading academic cardiologist and president of Wellesley College, Dr. Paula Johnson. “Grayce” refers to Dr. Johnson’s mother, while “Sickle” refers to sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder that disproportionately affects people of African descent. Both Grayce and sickle appear in the score as musical cryptograms, while the sickle motif additionally takes on the “U” shape of the sickle cell itself. Okoye notes the use of an ominous, staccato triplet motive to represent the painful attacks that occur when sickle cells block the flow of oxygen in blood vessels. These jarring outbursts are juxtaposed with a reflective theme for Dr. Johnson, recalling “her elegant serenity amid her tireless and trailblazing work.”
SKU: 115-40424
Ensemble: Wind Ensemble
Duration: 5:00
Commission Notice: Commissioned by South Shore Conservatory with generous support from the Kathy O. Czerny Innovation Fund
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Product Type: Score and Parts
Page count: 96
UPC: 6-80160-68752-7
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