Elfin Thunderbolt
composer: Nancy Galbraith (1998)
genre: wind symphony
length: 1 movement, 8:30 minutes
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044
mail@subitomusic.com • 973-857-3440
orchestration: 2fl, pic, 2ob, 3cl*, 2bs-cl, 2bn;
2a-sax, t-sax, b-sax;
4hn, 6tpt, 3tbn, 2euph, 2tba;
timp, 6perc, string-bass
(*at least 2 per part)
world premiere: 14 November 1998
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble; Jack Stamp, conductor
Gorell Recital Hall, Indiana, Pennsylvania
composer's notes:

"Elfin Thunderbolt" opens with a fff explosion in the percussion, which then becomes an accompaniment for a brass fanfare. This fanfare-like material is stated in various ways in the opening section. A tranquil woodwind texture follows, under which rich brass chords are expressed. Suddenly the tempo becomes presto. A sprightly melody is stated by the flutes, and eventually passed through all of the woodwinds. Following a ritardando, the tranquil woodwind texture returns. All motion comes to a halt, until a ppp snare drum announces the final ascent to the thunderous conclusion.

press bytes:

Nancy Galbraith delivers a high-energy score with her "Elfin Thunderbolt" (1998). The music drives hard from its opening to a lullaby-like woodwind passage about two-thirds of the way through. The dreaminess is dispatched by the arrival of a snare drum that slowly ratchets the excitement level back to that of the work's opening.
Fanfare Magazine

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