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1. John Mackey : Aurora Awakes (official recording)

  • Published: 2012-05-29T20:10:54Z
  • By ostimusic
John Mackey : Aurora Awakes (official recording)

"Aurora Awakes" by John Mackey. Performed by the University of North Texas, conducted by Eugene Corporon. Score and program note available here: http://ostimusic.com/Aurora.html

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2. Wine-Dark Sea: 3. The attentions of souls

  • Published: 2014-02-24T21:27:06Z
  • By ostimusic
Wine-Dark Sea: 3. The attentions of souls

Live recording of "Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony for Band" (2014) by John Mackey. Performed by the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jerry Junkin. Program note and full score available here: http://ostimusic.com/WineDarkSea.php

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3. Wine-Dark Sea: 1. Hubris

  • Published: 2014-02-24T21:24:44Z
  • By ostimusic
Wine-Dark Sea: 1. Hubris

Live recording of "Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony for Band" by John Mackey. Performed by the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jerry Junkin. Program note and full score available here: http://ostimusic.com/WineDarkSea.php

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4. John Mackey : Sheltering Sky (official recording)

  • Published: 2012-05-29T20:17:56Z
  • By ostimusic
John Mackey : Sheltering Sky (official recording)

"Sheltering Sky" by John Mackey Performed by the Texas State University Wind Symphony, conducted by Caroline Beatty. Score, program note, and other information available from : http://ostimusic.com/ShelteringSky.html

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5. Wine-Dark Sea: 2. Immortal thread, so weak

  • Published: 2014-02-24T21:24:44Z
  • By ostimusic
Wine-Dark Sea: 2. Immortal thread, so weak

Live recording of "Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony for Band" by John Mackey. Performed by the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jerry Junkin. Program note and full score available here: http://ostimusic.com/WineDarkSea.php

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6. John Mackey: Lightning Field

  • Published: 2015-05-09T17:10:38Z
  • By ostimusic
John Mackey:  Lightning Field

"Lightning Field" by John Mackey Performed by the TCU Wind Symphony, conducted by Bobby Francis To view the score and read more about the piece, please visit: http://ostimusic.com/LightningField.php

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7. John Mackey: Asphalt Cocktail (official recording)

  • Published: 2012-05-29T20:13:57Z
  • By ostimusic
John Mackey: Asphalt Cocktail (official recording)

"Asphalt Cocktail" by John Mackey. performed by Musikkforeningen Nidarholm, conducted by Espen Andersen Live recording, March 24, 2012. Score and more information available from : http://ostimusic.com/Asphalt.html

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8. John Mackey: "The Frozen Cathedral" (official recording)

  • Published: 2013-06-01T21:57:49Z
  • By ostimusic
John Mackey:

Score available here: http://www.ostimusic.com/Cathedral.php Performed by the UNCG Wind Ensemble, conducted by John Locke. The Koyukon call it “Denali,” meaning “the great one,” and it is great. It stands at more than twenty thousand feet above sea level, a towering mass over the Alaskan wilderness. Measured from its base to its peak, it is the tallest mountain on land in the world—a full two thousand feet taller than Mount Everest. It is Mount McKinley, and it is an awesome spectacle. And it is the inspiration behind John Mackey’s The Frozen Cathedral. The piece was born of the collaboration between Mackey and John Locke, Director of Bands at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Locke asked Mackey if he would dedicate the piece to the memory of his late son, J.P., who had a particular fascination with Alaska and the scenery of Denali National Park. Mackey agreed—and immediately found himself grappling with two problems. "How does one write a concert closer, making it joyous and exciting and celebratory, while also acknowledging, at least to myself, that this piece is rooted in unimaginable loss: The death of a child? The other challenge was connecting the piece to Alaska - a place I'd never seen in person. I kept thinking about all of this in literal terms, and I just wasn’t getting anywhere.  My wife, who titles all of my pieces, said I should focus on what it is that draws people to these places. People go to the mountains—these monumental, remote, ethereal and awesome parts of the world—as a kind of pilgrimage. It’s a search for the sublime, for transcendence. A great mountain is like a church. “Call it The Frozen Cathedral,” she said. I clearly married up." The most immediately distinct aural feature of the work is the quality (and geographic location) of intriguing instrumental colors. The stark, glacial opening is colored almost exclusively by a crystalline twinkling of metallic percussion that surrounds the audience. Although the percussion orchestration carries a number of traditional sounds, there are a host of unconventional timbres as well, such as crystal glasses, crotales on timpani, tam-tam resonated with superball mallets, and the waterphone, an instrument used by Mackey to great effect on his earlier work Turning. The initial sonic environment is an icy and alien one, a cold and distant landscape whose mystery is only heightened by a longing, modal solo for bass flute—made dissonant by a contrasting key, and more insistent by the eventual addition of alto flute, English horn, and bassoon. This collection expands to encompass more of the winds, slowly and surely, with their chorale building in intensity and rage. Just as it seems their wailing despair can drive no further, however, it shatters like glass, dissipating once again into the timbres of the introductory percussion. The second half of the piece begins in a manner that sounds remarkably similar to the first. In reality, it has been transposed into a new key and this time, when the bass flute takes up the long solo again, it resonates with far more compatible consonance. The only momentary clash is a Lydian influence in the melody, which brings a brightness to the tune that will remain until the end. Now, instead of anger and bitter conflict, the melody projects an aura of warmth, nostalgia, and even joy. This bright spirit pervades the ensemble, and the twinkling colors of the metallic percussion inspire a similar percolation through the upper woodwinds as the remaining winds and brass present various fragmented motives based on the bass flute’s melody. This new chorale, led in particular by the trombones, is a statement of catharsis, at once banishing the earlier darkness in a moment of spiritual transcendence and celebrating the grandeur of the surroundings. A triumphant conclusion in E-flat major is made all the more jubilant by the ecstatic clattering of the antiphonal percussion, which ring into the silence like voices across the ice. Program note by Jake Wallace

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9. John Mackey : Night on Fire (official recording)

  • Published: 2013-06-01T21:30:52Z
  • By ostimusic
John Mackey : Night on Fire (official recording)

"Night on Fire" (2013) by John Mackey Movement 2 of the suite "The Soul Has Many Motions." Performed by the University of Texas Wind Symphony, conducted by Scott Hanna. See the score and hear the full piece here: http://ostimusic.com/SoulManyMotions.php

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10. Mackey: Sheltering Sky - USAF Band

  • Published: 2013-02-28T01:47:46Z
  • By ostimusic
Mackey: Sheltering Sky - USAF Band

"Sheltering Sky" by John Mackey Performed by the United States Air Force Band, conducted by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser. Live recording, 2012 Midwest Clinic. Score, program note, and other information available from : ostimusic.com/ShelteringSky.html

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11. John Mackey : Hymn to a Blue Hour (official recording)

  • Published: 2012-05-29T20:20:59Z
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John Mackey : Hymn to a Blue Hour (official recording)

"Hymn to a Blue Hour" by John Mackey. Performed by the University of North Carolina Greensboro Wind Ensemble, conducted by Kevin Geraldi. Score, program note, and more information available from: http://ostimusic.com/Hymn.html

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12. MACKEY : This Cruel Moon

  • Published: 2017-05-04T13:48:30Z
  • By ostimusic
MACKEY : This Cruel Moon

THIS CRUEL MOON by John Mackey performed by the University of Texas Wind Ensemble conducted by Jerry Junkin This piece is an adaptation of the middle movement of "Wine-Dark Sea: Symphony for Band." The full symphony tells the tale of Odysseus and his journey home following his victory in the Trojan War. But Odysseus' journey would take as long as the war itself. Homer called the ocean on which Odysseus sailed a wine-dark sea, and for the Greek king it was as murky and disorienting as its name; he would not find his way across it without first losing himself. "This Cruel Moon" is the song of the beautiful and immortal nymph Kalypso, who finds Odysseus near death, washed up on the shore of the island where she lives all alone. She nurses him back to health, and sings as she moves back and forth with a golden shuttle at her loom. Odysseus shares her bed; seven years pass. The tapestry she began when she nursed him becomes a record of their love. But one day Odysseus remembers his home. He tells Kalypso he wants to leave her, to return to his wife and son. He scoffs at all she has given him. Kalypso is heartbroken. And yet, that night, Kalypso again paces at her loom. She unravels her tapestry and weaves it into a sail for Odysseus. In the morning, she shows Odysseus a raft, equipped with the sail she has made and stocked with bread and wine, and calls up a gentle and steady wind to carry him home. Shattered, she watches him go; he does not look back. for score and other info, please visit:http://ostimusic.com/ThisCruelMoon.php

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13. John Mackey: LIMINAL (demo)

  • Published: 2016-05-15T14:32:33Z
  • By ostimusic
John Mackey: LIMINAL (demo)

"Liminal" for wind ensemble by John Mackey commissioned by the United States Air Force Band to premiere June 11, 2016 MIDI DEMO - Vienna Symphonic Library view the score here: http://ostimusic.com/Liminal.php

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14. John Mackey: "Damn" for clarinet & percussion ensemble

  • Published: 2015-07-07T13:44:52Z
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John Mackey:

"Damn," by John Mackey, for clarinet and percussion ensemble. View the score here: http://ostimusic.com/Damn-media.php Garrick Zoeter, clarinet Damien Bassman, John Kilkenny, James Swarts, and Sean Dolan, percussion

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15. John Mackey : Turning (official recording)

  • Published: 2012-05-29T20:25:21Z
  • By ostimusic
John Mackey : Turning (official recording)

"Turning" by John Mackey. Performed by the Florida State University Wind Orchestra, conducted by Richard Clary. Live recording. For score, program note, and other information, click here: http://ostimusic.com/Turning.html

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16. John Mackey : (Redacted)

  • Published: 2013-07-26T20:20:35Z
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John Mackey : (Redacted)

"(Redacted)" by John Mackey Commissioned by the Kappa Kappa Psi / Tau Beta Sigma 2013 National Intercollegiate Band and premiered by that ensemble with Anthony Maiello conducting on July 23, 2013. This is the recording of that world premiere recording.

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17. John Mackey: Hymn to a Blue Hour (trombone choir version), feat. Joseph Alessi

  • Published: 2014-11-13T19:24:45Z
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John Mackey: Hymn to a Blue Hour (trombone choir version), feat. Joseph Alessi

"Hymn to a Blue Hour" for trombone choir by John Mackey performed by Joseph Alessi, accompanied by the Alessi Seminar Participant Choir, conducted by Jonathan Whitaker. Live performance from August 3, 2013. Score available here: http://ostimusic.com/Hymn-Tbn.php

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18. John Mackey: LIMINAL

  • Published: 2017-04-14T15:37:16Z
  • By ostimusic
John Mackey: LIMINAL

"Liminal" by John Mackey performed by the Abilene Christian University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Steven Ward John Mackey's homage to progressive metal - specifically the simultaneous mixed-meters of bands like Tool. Liminality is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rituals, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the ritual is complete. During a ritual's liminal stage, participants "stand at the threshold" between their previous way of structuring their identity, time, or community, and a new way, which the ritual establishes. View the full score here: http://ostimusic.com/Liminal.php

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19. Foundry

  • Published: 2016-06-02T23:33:52Z
  • By ostimusic
Foundry

"Foundry" by John Mackey score viewable here: http://ostimusic.com/Foundry.php

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20. John Mackey : "High Wire" (official recording)

  • Published: 2012-05-30T17:35:48Z
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John Mackey :

"High Wire" by John Mackey. Performed by the Florida State University Wind Orchestra, conducted by Richard Clary. For score and more info, visit: http://ostimusic.com/HighWire.html

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