Sean William Calhoun | Composer and pianist

Edgedancer, for wind ensemble (2014) – 5'

The title is taken from Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series, in which an Edgedancer is a person with ability to manipulate growth and friction. The opening motivic shards in the brass and the slow rising scale in the low winds grow into the main theme, which, in turn, develops through the rest of the ensemble. The manipulation of friction occurs in the pacing – while most the piece maintains forward momentum, there are points where it sticks, slowing motion abruptly.

Recording and score

Recording by the Peabody Wind Ensemble, conducted by Harlan Parker