Summoning the Forgotten Sounds of Joy

Summoning the Forgotten Sounds of Joy is a work that I have taken great pride in writing.  Johann Sebastian Bach was a musical genius of his time.  His compositions have endured the test of time and are still being performed today.  Summoning the Forgotten Sounds of Joy celebrates two of J. S. Bach’s works, Little Fugue in G Minor and Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.  As I developed this composition, I wanted to take the listener on a journey using the themes from these two compositions.  The beginning is intense and chaotic leading to the continued development of both themes.  As the work develops, the themes have moments of tension finally leading to great resolve.  JOY!  After this “Joy” is rediscovered, we must think about our future and never forget the meaningful impact that music can make on humanity.


Premiered Tuesday, December 5th, 2017  by the Limestone College Wind Ensemble

Gaffney, South Carolina