The Forest of Dreams – Part 2

While the instrumentation is unique, a work cannot stand on instrumentation alone.  Again, I go back to Mahler when he equated the symphony to the universe – it must contain everything.  Musical structure and cohesion are of utmost importance.  Without a clear meaning, a complex work is lost to the listener.

The idea behind Forest of Dreams is a nocturnal journey through one’s mind in the dreaming state.  Dreams a fluid.  One dream morphs into the next with no regard to what came before it, but all seem to have a common thread to them.  We aren’t aware when the dreams change.  As such, Forest of Dreams is a single movement work lasting around 50 minutes.  It is divided into six main sections with connecting material in between the main sections.


The introduction starts with an ominous clarinet chord and a rising motif in the Alto Clarinets, bassoons, and Harp.  This section is the darkness we see when we’re falling asleep.  It is nebulous and murky.  We have not begun dreaming yet, but the ideas of our dreams are beginning to form.  An undulating pattern tells us we are between dream.  This pattern will appear in all the interludes as we drift between dreams.  After a fitful episode, we begin to dream. Continue reading “The Forest of Dreams – Part 2”


The Forest of Dreams – Part 1

Over the course of the past year, I have undertaken a huge project.  After completing the initial phase of my website, and the first volume of my comprehensive textbook on band orchestration, I set out to put theory to practice.  As such, I am in the final stages of composing my massive second symphony “The Forest of Dreams.”  In this piece, I put together every technique I’ve written about over the course of the past five years.

The genesis of this project was nearly 20 years ago.  When I first knew I wanted to be a composer, my thoughts were immediately drawn to the form of the symphony.  To me, the symphony is the pinnacle of serious music composition.  As Mahler once said, “The symphony must be like the world.  It must contain everything.” Continue reading “The Forest of Dreams – Part 1”

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