Acts of Dreams
"Acts of Dreams" is a piece that showcases some of the different kinds of dreams we have. For me, I often get lost in a dream and suddenly wake up to a world where the dream is lost to me. Our dreams have funny ways of reminding us of our past, distracting us in the present, and wishing us into the future. All of that said, this piece was written to try and encapsulate a taste of some of our dreams.
Movement 1, "Resolution" depicts the dreams that we can follow and that make sense to our subconscious. They are the standard dreams that have a clear story. It provides clear definition and resolution to situations we might find ourselves in. Movement 2, "Refraction" moves to the short dreams that are just out of grasp with our reality. These are the dreams where one finds himself reliving his day in another body or moving through a fantasy world with unrealistic elements and tasks to complete. Movement 3, "Retrospection" are the dreams that rekindle old memories and remind us of the life we have already lived. Movement 4, "Retaliation" depicts the dreams of conflict: dreams where we must make quick decisions that might not ever find resolution before waking.
"Acts of Dreams" is written with the advanced high-school and young collegiate ensemble in mind, however poses many fun ensemble and intonation challenges as well, regardless of level. It runs about 10 minutes in length, but each movement can also be played as a stand alone piece. This gives versatility to ensembles of every size and playability in short concerts! I hope you enjoy working up and performing "Acts in Dreams" as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
- Andrew Markel, Composer
This piece was written for the Carolina Trombone Ensemble Project.