Wovensong No. 1 "An Arduous Path" for string orchestra - digital download

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Wovensong No. 1 "An Arduous Path" for string orchestra - digital download

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This piece is the first in the Wovensong series, a form which is described below.  It is geared for high school and university orchestras.  After a slow introduction, the opening is loud, fast and in a minor key, capturing the angst of the title.

Weaving is a way of producing fabric by interlacing two distinct materials.  The longitudinal threads are called the warp, and the lateral threads are called the weft.   A Wovensong is a form featuring two distinct melodic ideas which are woven together in different ways as the piece progresses.   The form is not unlike a Sonata-Allegro form (the traditional first movement of a symphony), but the structure of the Wovensong is more centered on melodic material than key relationship.  In fact, it is desirable in a Wovensong to end the piece in a different key from the beginning to signify variation and linear progression.  Recognition is brought about by the repetition and development of familiar melodies.   The use of the word “song” in the form title also signifies a focus on melodic material. 

The Edmond North Symphony Orchestra performs Wovensong No. 1 "An Arduous Path".