Through the Looking Glass (2005)


Instrumentation: Concert Band – Grade 3
Duration: 4:00
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Written for the Hartt School Community Division



This piece was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic books, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Particularly, I was interested in the idea of moving from one world to another where everything is recognizable yet transformed. That was embodied in this work through the use of isorhythmic techniques where a certain set of pitches was repeated while cycling through a rhythmic pattern of a different length. Such lines are often fragmented and passed between the instruments of the band, allowing the various sections to take center stage at different points in the piece.

This work was written for Dr. Richard Cangro and the Hartt Community Division Concert Wind Ensemble, who premiered the piece in 2005.

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