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Maneo for Brass Quintet

By Melody Dawning

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Brass Quintet
Composed by Melody Dawning. 21st Century, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 33 pages. Published by A Melody Is Dawning (S0.191383).

Item Number: S0.191383

Maneo [pronounced MAH-nee-oh] is a Latin word meaning “I remain” or “I await.” The concept behind this piece is the process of waiting for and working toward the fulfillment of goals and dreams that seem far off, which requires both patience and persistence. The first movement, Patience, is painfully slow and full of dense, dissonant chords that avoid resolution. Although the melody wanders through several tonal centers, in many ways it feels as though it has not gone anywhere. However, as the movement progresses to a climax, the incessant tritone dissonance finally begins to dissolve. In the second movement, Persistence, the augmented triad dominates both harmonically and melodically for much of the piece, accompanied by relentless eighth-note motion. The main theme from the first movement appears first as an accompaniment figure, and later in a more prominent melodic role in combination with other motives used throughout the movement. A contrasting, dream-like middle section represents catching a glimpse of reaching the sought-after goal, and this theme returns towards the end in a triumphant finish. The two movements are played consecutively with no pause in between.

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