Winds of Nagual
Written in 1985, Winds of Nagual is one of North American composer Michael Colgrass's works for Wind Ensemble. Considered a beautiful yet highly challenging piece to perform, it has become a standard of the wind ensemble/concert band repertoire. Based on the writings of Carlos Castaneda, the work consists of seven movements.
Winds of Nagual has been championed by the conductor Frank Wickes. The Canadian composer Daniel Theaker has likened this work to a painting (or a set of seven paintings) in a fine art gallery.
In 1985 the piece won the NBA William D. Revelli Memorial Composition Contest and Sudler International Composition Competition.
- Movement 1: "The Desert: Don Juan Emerges from the Mountains"
- Movement 2: "Don Genaro Appears"
- Laughter can be heard from the Clarinets in an unmistakable sound in this movement.
- Movement 3: "Carlos Stares at the River and Becomes a Bubble"
- Movement 4: "The Gait of Power"
- Movement 5: "Asking Twilight for Calmness and Power"
- Movement 6: "Don Juan Clowns for Carlos"
- Movement 7: "Last Conversation and Farewell"
- Flute I-II-III (all double piccolo, two double Alto Flute)
- Eb Soprano Clarinet
- Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
- Bb Bass Clarinet
- Eb Contra-Alto Clarinet
- Bb Contrabass Clarinet
- Soprano Saxophone
- Alto Saxophone
- Trumpet I-II-III-IV-V-VI (Trumpet V-VI double Cornet)
- Horn in F I-II-III-IV-V-VI
- Trombone I-II-III-IV-V-VI (Trombone V-VI should be bass trombones)
- Euphonium (two players)
- Tuba (2 players)
- String Bass (2 players)
- Celesta (and piano)
- Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:
- Battisti, Frank L. The Winds of Change: The Evolution of the Contemporary American Wind Band/Ensemble and Its Conductor. Galesville, Maryland: Meredith Music Publications. pg. 106., 2002. ISBN 978-0-634-04522-6.