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As the scent of spring rain…

for wind ensemble

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As the scent of spring rain… comes from a translation of the evocative first line of a love poem by Israeli poet Leah Goldberg. The poem itself was introduced to me by a good friend of mine a number of years ago, and I have a strong memory of how much the beauty of the original Hebrew and the imagery in her translation touched me. Because of that I deliberately did not work from the poem itself but only from my memory of it, which was so special to me that I didn’t want to disturb it with a re-reading which would create a new and different experience. As a result, the harmonic language, structure, and orchestration all aim to conjure the intense juxtaposition of sweetness and sadness which I most remember from the poem.

Genres:   Winds

Subgenres:   Large Ensemble


2Fl, Ob, 3Clar, BClar, CbClar, Bsn, 2ASax, TSax, BSax, 3Trpt, 2Hn, 2Trb, BTrb, Euph, Tba, Cb, Harp(Pno), 5Perc (Glock/Vibr/Mar/TubBells/CrystGlass/BowlGong/SusCym/BD/MTree)

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(to the 1-04 Edition)

  • A contrabass clarinet part was added to the instrumentation. It is not reflected in the 1-04 edition of the score, but it only doubles existing music so hopefully it is straightforward.
  • Alto Saxophone 1, m.46: E# and D#
  • Oboe, m.66: B-flat whole note
  • Flute 2, m.66: B-flat half note, E-flat(4) half note (+ fermata) with decrescendo

Recorded on

  1. BCM - Men of Industry
  2. Spiritual Planet
  3. Fascinating Ribbons

Recent Performances

  • April 16, 2024 - University of North Carolina at Greensboro Symphonic Band at UNCG Auditorium. Conducted by Jonathan Caldwell.
  • October 18, 2022 - James Madison University Wind Symphony at The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, Harrisonburg, VA. Conducted by Stephen P. Bolstad.
  • November 16, 2019 - Wichita Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, Wichita, KS. Conducted by Dr. Timothy Shade.