"Residual Tension" by Mark Wolfram is an original composition for concert band. The ensemble is augmented by a harp and a pianoforte. Written for Dr. Rodney Dorsey and the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble, it was premiered by them on May 1, 2016 at the Beall Concert Hall in Eugene, Oregon.
The title of the work refers to the leftover energy once a force has been released. Inertia is a form of residual tension as is static electricity. The steam from a hot cup of coffee is the release of tension - and the heat that dissipates from that cup is residual tension. Tension and release surround us and permeate our lives on a daily basis. This composition demonstrates residual tension by employing several devices: dissonance resolving to consonance - heavy complex textures to simple lines - dynamic rhythmic figures to sustained chords... these are but a few of the many examples of tension and release in the score.
"Residual Tension" is a GRADE 5 concert band composition which highlights angular melodies, colorful sonorities, heterophony, time signature changes, tertian, quartal and serial composition in an exciting blend which is both intellectually satisfying and aesthetically pleasing. The work has a duration of approximately 7:20.
A complete set of full-sized parts and a bound, transposed
full score are included. Available only through this website from Sound Studio Publications. The instrumentation/parts distribution for each set is as follows: