Composed by Ryan Meeboer
For Interchangeable 5-Part Woodwind Ensemble
Published by Eighth Note Publications
Includes score and parts
PART 1: Flute, Oboe, or Clarinet
PART 2: Flute, Oboe, or Clarinet
PART 3: Clarinet or Alto Saxophone
PART 4: Clarinet or Tenor Saxophone
PART 5: Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, or Baritone Saxophone
Maiden Voyage is a song about celebration. Although the term 'maiden voyage' refers to a boat's first adventure, it can represent any first successful event.
It starts with the playing of strong chords, which is the beginning of the adventure. At measure 10, it moves into a more gentle, flowing section, with Part 3 playing a bright, rhythmical accompaniment for the Part 1. This is to represent the ship setting out into the open waters. Be sure this section is well balanced, as both parts play an important role.
At measure 35, after the introduction is replayed, a counter melody is introduced. Be sure this new material is heard, as it adds a new element to the piece.
The contrasting section is reached at measure 46, with the adventurer running into trouble. The piece flips to the minor mode and has the melody played in a call and response between the 1st and 5th parts. The other three parts need to keep on top of the beat here, as they play the role of a percussion section.
The piece ends with the same bright opening as the adventure comes to a successful end. Be sure that the final measures are played iwth lots of energy and enthusiasm, but is not overdone.