- A Kaleidoscopic Journey for Band -
The concept of Walkabout comes originally from the Australian aborigines. A Walkabout is a journey where the goal is of less importance (even though you always end up where you started). It is the journey itself, and what you experience on the way, that is important. That could mean different moods, challenges, experiences in nature, various kinds of people, humour, joy, drama etc.
The composition «Walkabout» consists of a several miniatures and episodes which are woven together. Some of the working titles for the miniatures have been: Call of the Unknown, Walk, Nightfall, At the Lake, Panorama, The Happy Man and The Sad Man, The Clown, The Valiant, Struggle and Relief, and Return to Home.
The recurrent theme, which is heard at the beginning of the piece, symbolises the journey and the call of the unknown.
Kaleidoscopic means «Changing colours and patterns».
John Brakstad lives in Bergen, Norway.
John Brakstad gained much of his muiscal experience as bandmaster, composer and arranger for the Salvation Army, and from studies at the Bergen Musikk-konservatorium.
He has also been working as a conductor for several Norwegian ”Contest bands”, and is regularly used as an adjudicator at The Norwegian Band association’s contests and championships.
Brakstad has written many compositions for brass- and concert bands published by Norsk Noteservice as. Several of these has been test pieces at the national championships and later performed regularly at the same competitions. Among his original works are Variations for Band, The Old Railwaystation, Musica Tripartite and Cobalt.
He has written music for the Military band in his native Bergen and The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces which has been performed at the Bergen International Festival. Brakstad also wrote music (Prelude Olympic) for the opening ceremony at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
He also wrote a large work for choir and band for the Arne Garborg 150th Anniversary in 2001.
SOUND SAMPLE RECORDED BY NOTESERVICE WIND ENSEMBLE, CONDUCTED BY RUNE A. HALVORSEN
Full recording available on "Walkabout - New Music for Concert Band - Demo Tracks 2015-2016"
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|Format||Score and parts|
|Theme/genre||Competition music, Norwegian music, Original music|
|Series||Noteservice Concert Band Originals and Transcriptions|
|Band catalogue||European Band catalogue 2015|