Genesis is based on the idea of a rainstorm. Starting with a light sprinkle in the woodwinds, a simple melody emerges in the oboe and clarinet. The piece gradually builds as the brass enter and new themes emerge. Once the storm completely breaks through as the percussion enters, the simple melody returns but in mixed meters. After the thunderous downpour, the piece returns to the light sprinkle in the woodwinds, this time in 5/4. Themes from the beginning reappear with new instrumentation as the piece drifts away in the same manner in which it began.
Composers of Olivet Concert, March 19, 2013, ONU; ONU Wind Symphony, Josh Ring – conductor.