Wovensong No. 2 "Dust Storm" for string orchestra - digital download

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Wovensong No. 2 "Dust Storm" for string orchestra - digital download

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This piece, appropriate for high school and university orchestras, was inspired by the trials of the dustbowl in the 1930's and the response of the human spirit in the face of such difficulty.   It features extended techniques and the melodic emphasis associated with the Wovensong form as described below. 

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 Memorial Philharmonic performs Wovensong No. 2 "Dust Storm."