I decided that I needed to go "back to my roots" this spring before I started on the ballet and trumpet concerto, and it feels just like home. My compositional background is rooted in the traditions of concert bands, wind ensembles, drum and bugle corps, and marching bands. That's where I got my start, and I absolutely love writing for those ensembles. When I started composing the 2nd half of Fôret Enchantée my friends said that it would be perfect for a marching band show. It could be a warm-up, an opener, a production number, or even a closer if I changed the ending to a huge climax instead of dying away. So, I decided to finish it before marching band season and pass it out as a gift to some of my band director buddies as a thank you present.
For marching band, the instrumentation is: 2 flute parts, 2 clarinet parts, 2 alto saxophone parts, tenor saxophone part, 2-3 trumpet parts, horn part, 2 trombone parts, baritone/ euphonium part, tuba part, and percussion.
The 1st version you hear includes percussion and an "ominous" low brass part. The second version you hear is simply horn soli with clarinets, alto saxophones, tenor saxophones, trombones, euphoniums, and tubas accompaniment. This is the section before the "wall of sound" fortissimo tutti part with melody in the trumpets and flutes.
So I am stuck on which timbre of sound I prefer. Please take a quick listen and tell me which one you like better and why. Thank you so much and happy composing, composers!