Windhorse

(1990) 12 min.

Vibraphone and wind ensemble (4 flutes, 4 clarinets, 2 saxophones, 2 horns, 2 trumpets and 2 percussion.)


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Windhorse is a term I came across in the book 'The Sacred Path of the Warrior' by Buddhist Chogyam Trungpa. It refers to the feeling of great energy and power which we can feel when, for example, we are engaged in sports or other exhilarating activities. At these times we experience a wonderful sense of well being and energy, as if 'harnessing the wind'. I tried to capture this feeling in the virtuosity of the solo vibraphone part as well as in the accompanying ensemble.

The work was commissioned by percussionist Douglas Walter through the assistance of the Canada Council.

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