Reflections, for Adaptable Band
REFLECTIONS, for Adaptable Band or Flextet Chamber Ensemble
by James M. Stephenson
This version of Reflections is for three-part band, with optional percussion. It could be played by as few as three instruments, or up to as many as desired. It is meant to focus on melodic interpretation and phrasing, and of course, unison playing with other section and band-mates.
Program Notes – from the composer:
Reflections was originally written as a trumpet etude, in 2010. I was on vacation in NY, sitting in an apartment, and began improvising on the piano. I started reflecting on how my father would often play the piano when I was growing up, and therefore I endeavored to create a melody in the style in which he might have played. He especially loved show-tunes and jazz ballads. I also subsequently rewrote Reflections as a solo piece for every wind instrument, to be accompanied by piano.
~ Jim Stephenson; July, 2020