THE END OF THE WORLD




2011/2012 : BAND CONSORTIUM COMMISSION : The End of the World, a major work for large symphonic band / symphonic wind ensemble, 'inspired' by the 2011 Japan earthquakes and tsunami, the Mayan calendar and the Nostradamus doomsday prophecy for the end of the world in December 2012.  

35 CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association) university bands participated in the consortium:



LA FIN DU MONDE  CONSORTIUM COMMISSION GROUP: 

Michigan, Eastman, Texas-Austin, Indiana, Nebraska, Illinois, Florida,
Purdue, Arizona State, Michigan State, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Ithaca,
Southern Illinois, UNC Greensboro, Minnesota, New Mexico, Louisiana, Butler,
Trinity (TX), Capital, IPFW, Missouri, the Hartt School, USF, Lawrence Conservatory,
Virginia Commonwealth, Illinois Wesleyan,  Indiana Wind Symphony, etc.

The Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) Performing Arts Center Symphonic Wind Ensemble




      THE END OF THE WORLD


      Winner of
the  2012 National Band Association William D. Revelli Composition Prize

         



PERFORMANCE AUDIO:

         
THE END OF THE WORLD    Kansas State University

THE END OF THE WORLD     Arizona State University

THE END OF THE WORLD    Indiana University

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VIDEO PROJECTION:


THE END OF THE WORLD     E.O.W. as  FILM SCORE / SOUNDTRACKVIDEO PROJECTION ONLY
                                                         LIVE performance / "accompaniment":  University of South Florida (Tampa), April 2014


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PERFORMANCE VIDEOS:



THE END OF THE WORLD     University of South Florida (Tampa)w/video + composer intro

THE END OF THE WORLD   
University of South Floridaw/video projection (no intro)

THE END OF THE WORLD     University of South Florida E.O.W. as soundtrack (video only)

THE END OF THE WORLD    The Hartt School / University of Hartford

THE END OF THE WORLD    IPFW

THE END OF THE WORLD    Indiana University  (E.O.W. is  49:30 - 1:03:10)

THE END OF THE WORLD    Millikin University
                                                            


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Rehearsal : September 11, 2011

Butler University Symphonic Wind Ensemble            

Youtube : rehearsal video






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PROGRAM NOTE:    (for printed concert programs)


THE END OF THE WORLD  (2011)                  Michael Schelle   (b. 1950)

       1.  THE EXHAUSTED SUN
       2.  BULLET TRAIN TO HELL
       3.  AFTER AFTERLIFE


      Written during the blistering, record-breaking heat wave of summer 2011, THE END OF THE WORLD was inspired, in some part, by the notorious cataclysmic end-of-the-world prophecy of Nostradamus (scheduled for late December 2012) and the Mayan calendar’s end-of-time prediction (also, according to some, on the immediate horizon). The primary source of inspiration, however, was the great earthquake and tsunami that leveled much of northern Japan in March 2011. My original plan was for a “serious” Nostradamus-related piece, but fate interceded: As I began work on the music in Spring 2011, I was heartbroken by the fear, disbelief and sadness on the face of my Japanese wife, composer/pianist Miho Sasaki, as she sat paralyzed by her emotions, watching televised images of her homeland’s devastation. So my piece took its shape and inspiration from this disaster.

      At the end of the day (or the end of the world), doomsday predictions are ephemeral, but Japan’s 3/11/11 cataclysm will have a profound international impact on generations to come. Besides, as I spoke with one of the consortium directors about my Nostradamus vs. Japan dilemma, it dawned on me that both subjects
might very likely produce a similar score – so I chose to just embrace it all and seek the optimistic “substance after shadows” (Shinto prayer) for resolution.
 
     As old Nostradamus's predictions have come and gone without incident, and the Japanese people have (once again) picked themselves up from the ashes and resiliently moved on, now my piece may take on more universal considerations: perhaps reflecting on each listener’s personal experience(s) with the loss of important persons, places, or things.

THE END OF THE WORLD is a commission from a consortium group of 35 university and professional symphonic bands / wind ensembles from across the US and abroad. In December 2012, selected from over 80 international entries, THE END OF THE WORLD was awarded the 2012 National Band Association "William D. Revelli Composition Prize".








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THE END OF THE WORLD


PHOTO GALLERY




      University of South Florida (Tampa), April 2014 : the end of THE END OF THE WORLD







           Arizona State University, September 2012 : the end of THE END OF THE WORLD





         Illinois Wesleyan University, February 2012 : the end of THE END OF THE WORLD







       Univ. of Hartford / the Hartt School, Dec. 2015
: the end of  THE END OF THE WORLD






        University of Louisiana-Lafayette, March 2012
: the end of THE END OF THE WORLD







             University of Nebraska, December 2012 : the end of THE END OF THE WORLD






University of New Mexico, April 2014 : the end of THE END OF THE WORLD





Indiana University, November 2013
: the end of  THE END OF THE WORLD





Indiana University-Ft. Wayne, October 2013
: the end of THE END OF THE WORLD






        Southern Illinois University, December 2012 : the end of THE END OF THE WORLD
             




               



       
Kansas State University, December 2013 : the end of THE END OF THE WORLD






Millikin University (IL), February 2014 : the end of THE END OF THE WORLD





University of Michigan, March 2014 : the end of THE END OF THE WORLD





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     THE END OF THE WORLD : PHOTO GALLERY, cont.




                  








Michael Schelle takes tha stage at the end of THE END OF THE WORLD
IPFW Wind Ensemble, October 2013













         





















Michael Schelle takes the stage at the end of THE END OF THE WORLD
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE, December 2013






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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA (Tampa)


             



























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MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY











THE MIGHTY G300 SMOKE MACHINE : DECATUR, IL







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THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN



 




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UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO


          
 

"We need more smoke !!"




 






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The Hartt School / University of Hartford : Glen Adsit, conductor

































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