"Audubon" a wind octet by Rick Sowash
This is the world premiere performance which took place
on June 11, 2006 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, at "WindFest
III." The concert was sponsored by the Kitchener-Waterloo
Chamber Music Society.
The performers were:
Heather Baker, oboes
Joe Rosen, Becky Bilauca, clarinets
Margaret Fay, Elizabeth Weissman, bassoons
Lisa Donati, Michael
In 2005 I was invited to write a film score for a proposed
documentary about the American naturalist and artist,
John James Audubon. I set about trying to find musical
expressions that would evoke with what I imagined might
be the images such a film would offer. There would be
close-up shots of Audubonís paintings but also live-action shots of birds, perhaps rising from wetlands or flying in V formation. There would be shots suggesting the vast American wilderness Audubon knew so well and of course some portraits of Audubon himself, suggesting his energy and idealism. I developed these musical ideas only to learn that my involvement in the film project was not going to materialize. Another composer was selected.
Meanwhile, my friend, clarinetist Joe Rosen, had been
pestering me to write a wind octet which he could premiere
with his friends at Canadaís WindFest. So I simply poured my ideas for the Audubon film score into the writing of a new wind octet. It turned out that Joe is a birder and a great admirer of Audubon.
I named the octet, simply: "Audubon" a musical portrait
of an important American artist. The work was premiered
at the WindFest in Waterloo, Ontario on June 11, 2006.