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20 Feb

Donan’s Wedding

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Listen: Donan’s Wedding

Sometimes you surprise yourself.

This song began life in 2005 as the first piece of a larger composition. I took David Ferry’s translation of the epic poem Gilgamesh with the intention of creating a chamber piece in 8 movements. I used the rhythm of the poetry to create the melody and filled in parts as implied by the content. I set up some small motif elements that would carry through the piece. I orchestrated the  melody lines based on the setting each section, for instance, I used a brass section to indicate the city or civilization and the more primitive string sounds for Enkidu and the wilder settings.

I had assigned different instruments to characters, the French Horn as the narrative voice, the trumpet as Gilgamesh, the solo violin as Enkidu. I even used timpani to voice the hunters, a nod to Prokofiev.

So this was an ambitious project. I had completed the sketches for the first tablet, four short pieces, and was filling in some of the details when I realized that the first piece had the feel of a march. A slow march, very much like a wedding march.

It was in April of 2005 that my daughter Donan was getting married to Jeremiah Nealon. I hadn’t put much thought into the wedding, other than making arrangement for the trip to Moscow, Idaho. It seems my sub-concious was directing my composition. Donan studied trumpet in college. She is a big fan of brass quintets.

I didn’t intend to write a wedding march, but there are times when the circumstances of your life know better than you do.

Sometimes, you surprise yourself.



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  1. Suzi McDonough
    February 22nd, 2012 at 15:31 | #1

    I can totally see this as a wedding march. It’s Big Important Serious music.

  2. Donan
    February 26th, 2012 at 13:51 | #2

    I would love to see the sheet music for this! Maybe I could find some folks to play it with me.

  3. Reina and PJ
    August 31st, 2013 at 20:14 | #3

    A beautiful wedding march song.Deep thoughts expressed within.

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