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GREG SIMON (2013)

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The Way Through the Woods for trumpet and fixed-audio, 2-channel electronics

! on a text by Ruyard Kipling (1865-1936) ! Commissioned by Alex Carter, Ball State University ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

ŠGreg Simon, 2013. Some Rights Reserved.! Text by Rudyard Kipling; public domain under the terms of the Berne Convention, Copyright Act of 1976, and Copyright Term Extension Act.!

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THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS They shut the road through the woods Seventy years ago. Weather and rain have undone it again, And now you would never know There was once a road through the woods Before they planted the trees. It is underneath the coppice and heath, And the thin anemones. Only the keeper sees That, where the ring-dove broods, And the badgers roll at ease, There was once a road through the woods.

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Yet, if you enter the woods Of a summer evening late, When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools, Where the otter whistles his mate, (They fear not men in the woods, Because they see so few.) You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet, And the swish of a skirt in the dew, Steadily cantering through The misty solitudes, As though they perfectly knew The old lost road through the woods… But there is no road through the woods. ~ Rudyard Kipling, ca. 1910

! PERFORMANCE NOTES !

A minimum of two speakers should be used in playing back the electronics: one at stage left and the other at stage right. The playback should be mapped to the house, i.e. the stage-right speaker to the left channel.

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The performer may opt to use amplification for his/her instrument, but it is not required. The performance setup should include a stopwatch or clock linked to the electronic playback, which must be in view of the performer at all times.

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Each measure in the score indicates five seconds of music. Durations are relative and do not indicate a strict pulse.

! All accidentals apply only to the note which they precede. !

Vertical dotted lines are used to indicate relationships between events in the trumpet part and electronics. A dotted line connecting two lines, as at 1’55”, indicates that the events linked should occur simultaneously. A dotted line extending from the trumpet part through the electronics with an indication next to it indicates either: 1) that the trumpet’s gesture begins either at the conclusion of an indicated line of text (as at 0’10”) or 2) that a gesture should reach the indicated point before a given electronics event (as at 0’15”).

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The final gesture can be played in the performer’s own time. The electronic playback will stop at 4’30”; MAKE SURE THAT THE PLAYBACK IS THE ONLY ITEM IN THE PLAYER’S QUEUE!


for Alex Carter

The Way Through the Woods Greg Simon

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Trumpet in B b

(transposed)

"They shut the road through the woods..."

Harmon Mute (no stem)

B b Tpt.

Elec.

B b Tpt.

Elec.

B b Tpt.

Elec.

B b Tpt.

Elec.

&

"seventy years ago."

œ J

"...have undone it again..."

œ

#œ œ #˙ #œ #œ œ > f

œ

25"

˙

˙

"

"weather and rain..."

P

œ #œ

35"

˙

3

j œ

œ p

#œ œ #œ #œ œ > f 5

"...planted the trees."

[text continues]

œ-

&

20"

5

30"

3 P tenderly

& #œ.

> #œ œ #œ

40"

distant but stay above electronics!

[A landscape fades in]

j & œ &

#œ œ #˙ #œ #œ œ > f mysterious

œ-

& œ &

15"

5

& Œ

10"

!

"The Way Through the Woods, by Rudyard Kipling."

&

Electronics

5"

œ P

> #œ œ #œ

45"

j œ

#œ nœ p rubato

œ

œ

[A tree creaks]

©Greg Simon, 2013. Some Rights Reserved. Text by Rudyard Kipling; public domain under the terms of the Berne Convention, Copyright Act of 1976, and Copyright Term Extension Act.

50"


The Way Through the Woods

2 B b Tpt.

Elec.

B b Tpt.

Elec.

B b Tpt.

Elec.

& &

&

&

non dim.

œ

œ J

œ bœ ˙

1'00"

[A more distant tree creaks] [0'53"]

œ.

œ

"It is underneath..."

p

[text continues]

1'05"

Œ

b >œ œ œ sub.

1'10"

œ bœ b˙ >

"anemones."

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œ

> œ J

ƒ biting

1'15"

œ

Ó

f

n

œ

1'20"

˙-

mournful

[A bird chirps] [A drone enters] (1'14")

œ

œ-

r œ

œ

1'25"

b˙.

Mute out

Open

5

œ œ bœ P plaintive

"There was once a road through the woods." [1'33"]

œ bœ

œ

1'35"

1'30"

! [text continues]

"Only the keeper sees..."

& Ó &

˙

"There was once a road through the woods."

&

Elec.

55"

broadly

& nœ p

&

Elec.

f

œ

œ

œ & J

B b Tpt.

B b Tpt.

˙.

p

Œ

1'40"


b >œ

bœ œ & œ œ bœ œ p F 5

B b Tpt.

Elec.

Elec.

B b Tpt.

Elec.

& &

Elec.

&

B b Tpt.

Elec.

3

œ

f

p

Œ

1'55"

œ.

bœ J

œ

w

F

bœ ‰ J p

"Yet, if you enter the woods of a summer evening late..."

˙.

& & Ó

n

2'15"

Œ

"whist - les

y

[text continues]

y

6

2'00"

2'10"

y y y y yyyyy J

[A tree creaks]

2'05"

Œ

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Œ

3

his

y

‰ mate..."

y

œ

3

œ

œ

3

œ

F

"When the night air cools..."

2'20"

bœ ˙. œ œ bœ œ P cloudy 5

[text continues]

3

& œ

&

˙.

1'50"

n

"There was once a road through the woods."

&

&

Elec.

1'45"

3

[The wind swells]

œ œ & œ œ bœ œ p

B b Tpt.

B b Tpt.

b ˙-

&

5

B b Tpt.

The Way Through the Woods

Œ

b >œ . , b œ b ˙ . p 2'25"

œ bœ œ œ œ bœ F 5

2'30"

[A tree creaks]

œ p

resolute

œ

œ.

2'35"

j œ

˙ F

"If you enter the woods... ...of a summer evening late..." [The trees creak again]

2'40"

[text continues] [A distant bird chirps]


The Way Through the Woods

4 B b Tpt.

Elec.

B b Tpt.

Elec.

& œ F

œ

3

œ

œ

&

&

B b Tpt.

&

Elec.

&

B b Tpt.

&

Elec.

&

"...the misty solitudes."

œ J

œ œ bœ

>œ .

bœ J

œ

f singing proudly

ƒ

f

[The wind swells]

3'00"

b˙.

2'55"

1/2 valve gliss.

œ œ œ bœ œ b œ b œ œ œ œ bœ œ

pochiss.

&

Elec.

˙

2'50"

Œ

f

&

2'50"

[text continues]

& œ

B b Tpt.

œ

3

œ

bœ œ œ bœ bœ œ œ œ

>œ b œ

œ

3'05"

œ

3

[Singing birds and rustling leaves surround you]

œ

˙.

bœ J

>œ . J ƒ

non dim.

"As though they perfectly knew..."

œ

Œ

œ

3'20"

3'10"

œ

3

bœ p

œ J

>œ œ bœ J

œ- . J

b œ b >œ . œ œ b œ œ

"The old... "...lost road through the woods."

b >œ . J

3'15"

3

3'25"

>œ œ

5

[a final wind swell]

y

œ œ bœ

ƒ

dim.

y

f

dim.


The Way Through the Woods B b Tpt.

Elec.

B b Tpt.

Elec.

B b Tpt.

Elec.

B b Tpt.

Elec.

œ & J

& ‰

bœ J P

& & & & & &

Elec.

&

Elec.

f

j bœ

œ

legatiss.

j œ

œ bœ

3

œ œ p

3'35"

&

B b Tpt.

B b Tpt.

Œ

3'30"

5

a memory

œ.

œ

Œ

˙.

3'45"

Ó

j bœ

bœ.

Harmon Mute (no stem)

œ bœ

F

n "But there is no road through the woods."

œ œ bœ

˙

œ

3'50"

5

growing cold and distant

[The landscape fades...]

[Another glimpse of the landscape]

3'55"

Ó

œ bœ

Œ

p

œ œ bœ

˙

4'00"

5

an echo

[A bird calls]

˙.

& ˙ &

œ

3'40"

Œ

4'05"

Œ

œ bœ "

[A lone tree creaks one last time]

In your own time

rall...

bœ p lonely

œ œ bœ 5

˙

4'10"

[Electronics fade]

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w " December 2013 Ann Arbor, MI

The Way Through the Woods  

for trumpet and electronics

The Way Through the Woods  

for trumpet and electronics

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