Reckoning began as a musical underdog story: an unlikely
hero's determination to right certain wrongs that had been
brought upon him or her in the past and that hero's ambition
to prove that they are "a force to be reckoned with." I often
liken it to a David and Goliath type of story: small versus
big, poor versus rich. For example, the piece opens in a dark
and oppressive world full of despair and anguish, but from
within that darkness comes a very beautiful, very fragile, very
hopeful oboe solo. However, this hope quickly transforms
into a more active, kinetic energy—a musical uprising.
Several families of instruments join the dialogue, voicing
their grievances, adding to the collective resistance. By
measure 90, the ensemble fully pledges their allegiance as a
more majestic and heroic french horn theme ascends to the
fore, literally rising quarter note by quarter note above the
anxious eighth note theme. From here, they plot their next
move. But will it be enough?
Reckoning premiered on January 14, 2017 in Tampa, Florida conducted by Captain Shanti C. Simon.
The Florida Bandmasters Association for the 2017 All-State Concert Band.