The Spirit is Willing

 The Athena Brass Band premiered the work on June 8th, 2017 at the IWBC.  


The Spirit is Willing


Program Notes

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.