Grade 3 - The Boomerang

Composer: Daxter Yeo

Grade: Grade 3

Category: Wind Ensemble

Additional Notes: Winner Division 2 - Australian Inclusive Composition Award 2023

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Written for the 2023 Australian Inclusive Composition Award

Duration 5:20 min



This bright and triumphant wind band composition uses strong and clear melodies to weave themes of unity and interconnectedness, providing a vibrant musical experience that stands as a compelling choice for an engaging concert overture. The work opens with the mirroring of the boomerang's cyclical path in the opening theme, employing the entire wind band in various combinations to represent unity within sections and across the ensemble. The second section symbolizes enduring bonds, echoed by a compelling percussion solo at the peak of the boomerang's flight. The use of modulation throughout the work creates smooth and effective contrasts, contributing to an everchanging colour and a beautiful tapestry of the wind band sound. As the composition circles back to its main theme, it reminds us that diverse origins converge into a unified community through the universal language of music, climaxing in a coda that celebrates our collective strength and unity. - Daxter Yeo

Instrumentation: Picc, Fl 1 2, Ob, Bsn, Bb Cl 1 2 3, Bs Cl, A Sx 1 2, T Sx, B Sx, F Hn 1 2 3 4, Tpt 1 2 3, Tbn 1 2 3, Euph (BC & TC), Tba, Dbl Bs, Timp, Bs Dr, Sn Dr, Sus Cym, Glock

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