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Chapter I Prime: A Wish to the World


Grade: 3 | Duration: 5:33

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New Mexico has been a Spiritual Home for me ever since I met the Souls of Bataan. When I was recently conducting the New Mexico All-State Band, a gentleman came up to me and said, "Querencia! That's what you're asking from the kids!" He explained that QUERENCIA was the word that was shouted out as the bull got closest to the bullfighter. It is the idea of COURAGE, but Courage as a function of how close one allows Danger to get near. In that Real Life closeness to Danger and in that Metaphor, this work is humbly offered as a fun gift to the young Musicians who will explore it and render it!

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

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