New Music Friday: Dreamscape

“Dreamscape” is a song for orchestra that paints an imaginary story played expressively.

The lyric melody is presented by the first violins at letter A and later by other sections of the orchestra. A more forceful contrasting theme is introduced at Letter D, with the lyric melody returning at letter F. The melody in the final section, almost like a dream, should seem to fade away at the end.

This piece offers many opportunities for expression in the form of tempo changes and dynamics. Most are marked in some way, but the conductor may incorporate additional expression. There are several divided notes in the upper strings before letter D. No extreme registers are used; however, the first violins and cellos each have one note that will require a higher position. The middle strings have a few B flats and F naturals throughout the piece. At the marked tempos, “Dreamscape” runs almost three and a half minutes.

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About William E. Moats

William Moats  attended and graduated from Kent State University in Music Education with a major in instrumental music.  He was a member of two military bands, playing trombone and euphonium before attending and graduating from Ball State University with a Master of Arts degree in Music.  As a band and orchestra director in Ohio, he taught in the Dayton Public Schools and the Trotwood-Madison City Schools.

Serving in Lutheran churches he has directed  a variety of vocal, instrumental and handbell choirs in Dayton, Ohio and Birmingham, Alabama. Currently he directs an adult vocal choir in Mechanicsville, Virginia.  He has published handbell music with several publishers, published band music, string orchestra music and brass chamber music.

 Mr. Moats is currently semi-retired.  During his professional career he has been a member of the Music Educator’s National Conference, Ohio Music Educators Association, Handbell Musicians of  America  (formerly AGEHR), and the American Federation of Musicians.

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