Concert band - Grade 6
Composed by John Golland. The Best Original Compositions for Concert Band/Catalogue Master Works Vol. 1. Molenaar Masterpieces. Recorded on Atmospheres (ML.311022720). Score only. Duration 20 minutes, 50 seconds. Published by Molenaar Edition (ML.012072080-S).
Item Number: ML.012072080-S
Atmospheres was composed for the Uster Musiktage and first performed in Uster (Switzerland) on october 1st 1989. The idea for the music comes from the thought that whilst a room remains the same, somehow the 'atmosphere' within that room changes according to the ambiance created by actions and emotions of the people in it. For example, an argument can cause an uncomfortable, uneasy atmosphere whereas laughter can cause a light, happy atmosphere in the same place. The place itself remains the same, but the atmosphere changes. So, in this piece there is an 'atmosphere' chord, which hardly changes throughout the piece, except that it is transposed at times. However, what goes on around that chord causes it to apparently change according to the prevailing emotion. There are 3 sections which are quite separate, but the music is played without a break. These 3 sections are really self explanatory: 1 - Mystery, 2 - Evil and 3 - Calm.