Solstice

wind ensemble (1997)

Duration: 7:00

Program Note

Solstice was commissioned in 1997 by the Hanover, Pennsylvania Southwestern High School Symphonic Band, directed by Carey Crumling. The title refers to my inspiration for the piece, which I found in the often turbulent weather changes that characterize the change from season to season. As a larger metaphor this reflects the emotional turbulence that characterizes the change from childhood to adulthood, which I expressed in the often bi-tonal language of the piece.