Symphonic Palindrome

Grade 4

7.5 minutes

Premiered by the Virginia Tech Wind Symphony, Spring 1995

Performed by the Virginia Tech Wind Symphony

Just as the title implies, this piece is the same forwards as backwards.  What began as simply a challenge to myself blossomed into what I think is a valid piece of music and one of my proudest accomplishments.  Once they realize what’s happening, this will surprise and delight your band and your audience.  Palindrome is a slow mysterioso throughout, and utilizes a few polytonal chords and special effects, including trombone portamenti.