From Sea to Sky: Stories of Amazing Women for Oboe, Clarinet in B-flat, and Bassoon

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From Sea to Sky: Stories of Amazing Women for Oboe, Clarinet in B-flat, and Bassoon celebrates a group of remarkable women who profoundly influenced our world. From the depths of the sea to the expansive skies and beyond, it chronicles the extraordinary contributions of women in science, the arts, and exploration. Option to perform as a whole or choose sections for concerts and educational events.

Duration approximately 20 minutes

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Description

 

Please Note: This work includes narration. The narration throughout the work is designed to be spoken by members of the trio; however, an additional narrator is certainly an option for performances.

Duration approximately 20 minutes

 

World Premiere by Sonora Winds

 

Look at Score Examples:
1. Example 1 – Prologue: Amazing Women through Interlude 1: The Aquarium
2. Example 2 – Interlude 3: Marie and Irene Curie and Atomic Waltz
3. Example 3 – V. Dreamcatcher

 

Program Note

This work celebrates a group of remarkable women who profoundly influenced our world. From the depths of the sea to the expansive skies and beyond, it chronicles the extraordinary contributions of women in science, the arts, and exploration.

A diverse group of women were chosen to be represented in collaboration with Sonora Winds, the commissioners of this work. Our aim was to showcase the courage, curiosity, and inspiring stories of these women, representing a wide range of roles and achievements. Each segment dedicated to these women is preceded by an interlude featuring a brief narration of their accomplishments and stories of strength and resilience.

This work explores the following women:

  1. Jeanne Villepreux-Power(1794-1871), the inventor of the Aquarium and a leading researcher in cephalopods.
  2. Anna May Wong(1905-1961) – the first Chinese American film star in Hollywood who was a champion for Asian Americans in film and television.
  3. The mother-daughter duo of Marie(1867-1934) and Irène Curie(1897-1956) who both won Nobel Prizes for their work in radioactivity.
  4. Bessie Coleman(1892-1926) – the first African American woman and Native American Woman to hold a pilot’s license.
  5. Sally Ride(1951-2012) – First American woman to fly in space.
  6. Nicole Aunapu Mann(1977- ) – first Native American woman in space.

It is an honor to tell the stories of these amazing women, and I am grateful to Sonora Winds for their vision and dedication to educating their audiences about these women through music.

Performance notes

The narration throughout the work is designed to be spoken by members of the trio; however, an additional narrator is certainly an option for performances.

This composition offers flexibility for performances. You can either perform it as written or select specific sections to feature during concerts and educational events. Each section provides the option to continue into the next one or conclude at the end of a section.


 Sections including Narration
Narration written by Jenni Brandon and Marta Troicki

 

Prologue: Amazing Women: With joy and possibility, bright; Plane to space shuttle theme; Paper Nautilus theme; Anna May Wong theme; Atomic Waltz theme; Marie and Irene Curie theme; Ocean Waves theme

 Interlude One: The Aquarium

Jeanne Villepreux-Power, a 19th-century French naturalist, revolutionized the field as the inventor of the aquarium. While studying the paper nautilus, a cephalopod related to octopuses, she discovered their remarkable ability to create shells from birth and use them to protect their eggs. Her groundbreaking work earned her entry into prestigious scientific academies, often as the first woman. In recognition of her contributions, a crater on Venus was named after her in 1997. Her pioneering research continues to inspire and shape our understanding of marine life.

I. The Paper Nautilus: Translucent; Ocean waves; Rolling waves

Interlude Two: Anna May Wong

Anna May Wong was the first Chinese American movie star in Hollywood. She acted in theater, TV, and over 60 movies, including some of the first Technicolor films. She was the first Asian American to be the lead actress on an American TV show, and she also acted in movies from other countries. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is remembered as a pioneer for Asian Americans in film. She once said, “The harder the work, the greater satisfaction in accomplishing it.”

 II. The Dawn is Ours: Like a Hollywood Soundtrack

Interlude 3: Marie and Irène Curie

Part I: Marie Curie was a pioneering physicist and chemist who conducted groundbreaking research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person to win it twice, in two scientific fields. She co-won her first Nobel Prize with her husband, Pierre Curie, making them the first married couple to win. She discovered the elements polonium and radium and founded the Curie Institute in Paris and Warsaw. She said: “I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.”
Part II: Irène Curie, a home-schooled student, worked as a nurse radiographer with her mother Marie during World War I. She taught Frédéric Joliot, who later became her husband and research partner. They discovered the positron and neutron and won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935 for their work in artificial radiation. Irène promoted women’s education and had notable scientist children. She said: “Without the love of research, mere knowledge and intelligence cannot make a scientist.”

III. Atomic Waltz: Dancing

 Interlude 4: The Sky

  1. Bessie Coleman was the first African American and Native American woman to earn a pilot’s license and the first Black person to earn an international pilot’s license. She encouraged African Americans to pursue aviation and was known for her barnstorming stunt flying. She famously said, “You’ve never lived until you’ve flown!”
  2. Sally Ride was the first American woman to go to space. She was also a physicist who wanted to inspire kids to get interested in STEM. To do that, she founded the Sally Ride Science organization and wrote seven children’s books about space exploration. Sally Ride said of science: “Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. Itʹs posing questions and coming up with a method. Itʹs delving in.”
  3. NASA astronaut Nicole Aunapu Mann made history as the first Native American woman in space. A member of the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes in Northern California, she carried a dreamcatcher with her to the International Space Station, a symbol of protection and guidance according to Native American tradition. Mann is passionate about promoting diversity in the STEM fields and inspiring the next generation of scientists and explorers. She has said, “It’s important that we celebrate our diversity and really communicate that specifically to the younger generation. It’s going to be the kids of today that are going to be leading us into the future.”

IV. Dreamcatcher: Bold, looking to the sky; Dreaming of Flight; From plane to space shuttle: Into the night sky; Reaching for the stars; Among the stars

Finale: With Possibility

Duration approximately 20 minutes

 

 

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