Reaching Nirvana (2017) - for Wind Ensemble
Reaching Nirvana is a Grade 3 work for wind ensemble was written for the Gregory Cunningham and the Oakland University Wind Symphony in 2017. It is meant to represent the transcendent state known as Nirvana in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self. The piece begins with a peaceful slow section, containing a rapid-fire, three-note motive that reappears throughout the work. This motive represents the blissfulness and tranquility associated with the state of Nirvana and a succeeding hymn-like section brings to life its potential religious implications. A fast, middle section evokes a feeling of joy and excitement while the strict sense of rhythm expresses a sense of control. The piece ends where it began, "re-birthing" the original thematic material, arriving at a resolute final chord: The arrival at Nirvana.
World premiere recording by the Oakland University Wind Symphony: https://soundcloud.com/ianlester-1/reaching-nirvana
Duration: 7 minutes
Format: PDF Score and Parts
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