Row (2014) - Wind Ensemble Transcription
The piece tells the story of a small rowboat sailing through a storm. The first section sees the boat approaching uneasy waters, with thunder from the dark storm roaring in the distance. From here the boat gets pulled into the thick of the storm, represented musically by a raucous rhythm created through mixed meter. The boat continues to row through the storm, getting thrashed around helplessly by the current. Soon the boat rows into the eye of the storm, which provides a brief moment of calm. However, this calm leaves just as soon as it arrives and the boat is thrust back into the storm, reflected in the music by a return to the earlier raucous material. In the chamber ensemble version the boat then finds false hope and meets an unwelcome end, but in this version the hope is not false and the boat rows into a much happier, triumphant ending.