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Crosswinds at Crossroads

Gale, Zephyr, Gusts, Whirlwind, Sea Breeze, Dust Devil, Becalmed, Monsoon
CategoryInstrumental Works » Trios
InstrumentationPts: fl/cl/bn sc/pts
ComposerDeon Nielsen Price
Composition Year1987
Publication Year1998
Crosswinds (1987) was written for the CROSSWINDS TRIO?? (Zachary Valenzuela, Berkeley Price, and Peter Mandell?)students at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, when Price was on the faculty there. Extended instrumental techniques are used in sections of the composition to portray various types of winds, such as in "Sea Breeze," in which the players finger and blow into the instruments with the mouthpieces removed.

Acording to the Beaufort Scale, a gale is a strong, 32-63 mile per hour wind with the force of a storm. A zephyr is a gentle breeze from the west about 8-12 mph. Gusts are sudden brief rushes of wind. A whirlwind is shaped like a funnel, but changing and progressively less powerful, dissipating as it reaches the top. A sea breeze is a fresh, cooling breeze about 10 mph. A dust devil is a small whirlwind which contains sand or dust. Becalmed refers to still air with no breeze. A monsoon has the violent strength of a hurricane.
Recording Information
2000/on SunRays II: City Views Cambria CD-1122; Zachary Valenzuela, flute; Berkeley Price, clarinet; Peter Mandell, bassoon. Audio Excerpt and Digital Download:
Performance Information
1987 Premiere by The CROSSWINDS TRIO: Zachary Valenzuela, flute, Berkeley Price, clarinet, Peter Mandell, bassoon, Roth Hall, The Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences, Santa Monica, CA