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|Alternative. Title||Island Suite|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||2016|
|Dedication||Washington Island Music Festival at the Washington Island Music Festival
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||16 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, 2 violins, viola, cello|
OCTET ("Island Suite") is dedicated to the Washington Island Music Festival and celebrates its 25th anniversary season. The work explores different terrain in and around the island as well as the community it fosters.
The first movement represents people gathering in preparation to journey from the mainland to the island. There is a sense of excitement and community even among strangers. The second and fourth movements evoke the ever-changing contours of water and the energy of the wildlife above and below. The middle movement recalls the serene calm of the woods and the ritual carousing of locals and newcomers alike.
Dramatic shifts between contemporary scales create tension and relaxation elements that propel the piece forward.