Exaltation Reflection and Dance
Not at all for the faint of heart, Michael Helman’s three-movement masterwork is a true tour de force for your ensemble. The piece opens with the “Exaltation,” which alternates between a stately Baroque feel and a more modern syncopated rhythm, creating an atmosphere both old and new. This segues to the gentle “Reflection,” set in a lilting 9/8 time, which then gives way to the driving rhythms of the “Dance,” set primarily in a minor 7/8 time, but with occasional measures in 6/8, 3/8, and 4/4 thrown in for good measure. This piece is an outstanding musical statement for your advanced ensemble! 160 measures.