The Spirit is Willing

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

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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.