The Witch and the Saint by Steven Reineke. Concert band. Command Series. Audio recording available separately (items CL.WFR334 & CL.WFR352). Grade 4. Score and set of parts. Composed 2005. Duration 10 minutes, 22 seconds. Published by C.L. Barnhouse (CL.012-3391-00).
A programmatic ten-minute tone poem for symphonic band in one movement that is constructed in five distinct sections to tell the story of the lives of Helena and Sibylla, twin sisters born in Germany in 1588. Starting out with a Gregorian chant-type motif, Reineke uses all manner of musical sorcery to represent the turbulent lives of these vastly misunderstood women. A major work which is sure to become a favorite of audiences and performers alike! Very impressive!