By Craig Fitzpatrick
Wonderland is the dark and mysterious journey of a conflicted Alice as she discovers her strength from within. The musical nuance in the singing and auxiliary percussion add an eerie and intriguing introduction to what is a powerful and dynamic progression of the story. The tempo changes create a building sense of impending danger until Alice is found lost and asking herself “Who am I?” Through the melancholy introduction in the saxophone she finds her way to a bold a beautiful chordal statement from the entire ensemble. The final battle is portrayed through the contrasting styles of the brass and the winds culminating in a major momentum shift where the two forces face off.
Part 1: “Welcome to Wonderland”
Part 2: “Who am I?”
Part 3: “The Final Battle”
Show includes winds and front ensemble parts only
Craig Fitzpatrick holds a Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where he studied composition with Stephen Heinemann. He obtained his Masters in Music Composition in 2003 from the University of Illinois in Champaign. While there, he studied composition under Stephen Taylor and Rick Taube and also served as a teaching assistant, instructing undergraduate theory and ear-training courses. Since then Craig has had the opportunity to work closely with Jack Stamp, David Maslanka, and David Holsinger.