Phoenix and Again

Phoenix and Again
An Overture for Full Orchestra

Dan Locklair

Phoenix and Again (An Overture for Full Orchestra) was commissioned by Wake Forest University in 1983 in celebration of the University’s Sesquicentennial year and was composed during the late summer and early autumn of that year. It bears the following dedication : Dedicated to all, past and present, who have made Wake Forest University the institution of excellence that it is today. In one movement, this short overture is scored for a standard double-wind orchestra. The impetus for the piece was a Thuringian folk song that has long served as the Wake Forest Alma Mater. Motives derived from this tune are present throughout the composition and the entire folk song melody, in slightly varied fashion, is heard near the end of the piece. The World Premiere of Phoenix and Again occurred on 29 January 1984 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was performed by the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra (Peter Perret, Music Director and Conductor).


Duration : ca. 5’


2 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinet (B-flat)
2 Bassoons
2 Trumpets (B-flat)
2 Tenor Trombones
1 Bass Trombone
1 Tuba
4 Horns (F)

Timpani (4 drums)

Percussion (2 players suggested)
Bass Drum
Large Suspended Cymbal
Crash Cymbals
Orchestral Chimes