The Machinery of Night

for Concert Band

Grade 3.5

I wrote this piece after being struck by the phrase "...the machinery of night" in the Allen Ginsburg poem "Howl."  That phrase became the title, which I tried to reflect throughout with the use of metallic percussion and short motives in the piece's outer sections.  The middle section is slower (yup, it's the concert band's favorite form, A-B-A'!!), reflecting more of the "night" and less of the "machinery."


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