Dreams of the White Tiger (Score & Parts)-WW5
Composer: Baldwin, Daniel
Publisher: Imagine Music
for woodwind quintet
by Daniel Baldwin (b. 1978)- American composer
From the composer:
Dreams of the White Tiger is a work that had a complicated path to completion. Upon receiving this commission, I contacted several of my friends (Jeff McCray, Matt Morris, and Richard Ramey) and requested lists of the most highly regarded staples of the wind quintet repertoire. After studying these works, I selected one of my favorite subjects from Norse mythology as inspiration. Unfortunately, this did not work out as the work wanted to be too large and I could not reduce it down to a small chamber work.
At that point, I decided to switch gears and find a new source of inspiration, which I found in a poem by James Yates titled, "White Tiger Trilogy". I sketched out three movements based on this poem and was, again, displeased with the resulting work. However, I did very much like many elements from the sketches, so I decided to strip the piece down to these elements and construct one single cohesive movement. I chose my favorite line from the original sketches and made that the central theme in an extended sonata rondo movement. I was finally pleased with this product that included elements from all the different versions.