The Spirit is Willing
The Athena Brass Band premiered the work on June 8th, 2017 at the IWBC.
The title of this piece was inspired by a single work by Salvador Dali in a collection called the Biblia Sacra. In “The Spirit is Willing”, I combined two melodies that I used in previous pieces to convey a powerless, yet victorious spirit. One of these melodies was taken from “Until the Peace Comes”, which has a sense of powerless pleading. The other melody I used was written during my stay in Monterey Bay, which is the location I encountered the Dali work. This melody has a sense of peace and also a spirit of eagerness to provide help and grace. By combining these melodies, I want to give a sense of deep victory that only happens after an intense struggle.