Nimbus Volare for Solo Flute and Wind Symphony (2015)
 
[Solo flute, Picc., 2 fl., 2 ob., 3 cl., bass cl., 2 bsn., 4 sax (aatb),
3 trps (Bb), 4 hrns, 2 tromb, bass tromb, euph, tuba, timp., dbl bass, 3 perc.]     
 
Nimbus Volare was commissioned by flutist Dr. Brad Garner for performance with the West Texas A&M University Symphonic Band.  The piece is a direct orchestration of my 3 movement flute sonata, condensed into an 8 minute concerto for flute and wind band.  Orchestrating my flute sonata for the ensemble was a special treat, as wind band is an incredibly interesting group to write for.  You find a wide variety of timbres that differ from writing for an orchestra.
 
The piece is constructed in the style of a rhapsody, creating a soaring narrative by exploring contrasting sound worlds within its 3 major sections.  The title was inspired by the sweeping atmosphere and contemplative nature of the opening and middle sections of the piece, followed by a fiery, barbaric finale; Nimbus symbolizing the free floating nature of a cloud and the vast nature of the sky, and Volare signifying flight and the element of total freedom.
 
 
 

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