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Zeal (from Pendulum)

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Instrumentation:   Band

Genres:   CloserEnergeticFastOpener

Zeal ignites immediately into a simmering cloud of breath and cymbals. The expanding chord progression from Shouting Defiance returns, and the music moves with simple-minded, burning self-certainty, embodying the seductive euphoria and danger of absolute belief.

This is the band adaptation of my work of the same title commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and this version also serves as the final movement of my larger work, Pendulum, commissioned by a consortium led by the University of Illinois Bands Program in celebration of its 150th anniversary.

More info about Pendulum and its movements:
I. Shouting Defiance – 2’30”
II. Nocturne – 4′
III. Exclamation – 1’30”
IV. Meditation – 12′
V. Zeal – 4′

The University of Illinois gratefully acknowledges the following alumni conductors, their institutions, and friends who contributed to this project celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the University of Illinois Bands.
Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Illinois—Matthew P. Bufis, Director of Bands
Fresno State Wind Orchestra, Fresno, California—Gary P. Gilroy, Director of Bands
John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights, Illinois—Scott Casagrande, Director of Bands
Bill and Julie Jastrow, Naperville, Illinois
University of Evansville, Evansville, Illinois—Kenneth Steinsultz, Director of Bands
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois—Stephen Peterson, Director of Bands
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky—Cody Birdwell, Director of Bands
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts—Matthew Westgate, Director
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina—Kevin M. Geraldi and John R. Locke, Conductors
University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina—Scott Weiss, Conductor
University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota—John P. LaCognata, Conductor
University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming—Robert Belser, Director of Bands
Charles and Marti Yassky, Tappan, New York

Commissioned by: University of Illinois and consortium


21 February 2019, CBDNA National Conference, Tempe, AZ. University of Illinois Wind Symphony, Stephen Peterson, conductor.

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Flute I – II – III – IV (doubles Picc., Alto Flute (optional))
Oboe I – II
Bassoon I – II
Contrabassoon (optional)
Clarinet in Bb I – II – III (doubles Eb Clar.)
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
Alto Saxophone I (doubles Soprano in Mvt. V) – II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

Bb Trumpet I – II – III
Horn in F I – II – III – IV
Trombone I – II – III (Bass)
Euphonium I – II


1: Vibraphone
2: Sus Crash Cym (16″) w/med-heavy brushes; with sticks, Splash Cym., Sizzle Cym.
3: Sus Crash Cym (16″) w/light brushes, BD
4: Susp. Cymbal (18″ or larger), China Cymbal, Sandpaper blocks
5: Marimba, Glock, Sandpaper blocks

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