Saturday, March 3, 2012

“Ishmael” from Of Sailors and Whales: Five Scenes from Melville

W. Francis McBeth (1933–2012)

Commissioned and dedicated to the California Band Directors Association for the 1990 All-State Band, the first movement of this work is titled Ishmael “I go to sea as a simple sailor.” With its beautiful sustained and contemplative melody, the movement builds by a layering echo of the main theme and depicts the power, beauty, and majesty of the open seas and pioneering sailors. (Source: JRO) Performed in Memoriam.