JERICHO

— Orchestral version —
A surround-sound concert story of Joshua 6
with narration and unorthodox audience participation

Finalist, 2013 American Prize for Composition

16 minutes
3[1.2. 3/pic] 3[1.2.eh] 3[1.2.bcl] 3[1.2.cbn] — 4 4[incl 2 offstage] 3 1 — 3 or 6* perc (no timp) — hp — pno —str
*There are two versions of the percussion parts included. 6 perc is the composer’s preference.

MOST IMAGINATIVE
JERICHO is by far the most imaginative, unusual and successful work I have ever performed in 33 years of conducting.
— Richard Fischer, Distinguished Professor of Music, Concordia University Chicago

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The full score has both the 6-percussion version (labeled 1-6) and the 3-percussion version (labeled A-C). The part set includes both percussion sets. (The two sets cannot be intermingled; use either percussion parts 1-6 or parts A-C, but do not mix the two.)

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ASTONISHEDThere was absolute silence for what felt like an eternity. I have never received so many astonished comments following a concert. I had numerous requests to perform it again.

— Miles Wurster, Martin Luther College

Video: excerpt, Lamont Symphony, Denver

The Lamont Symphony Orchestra; Lawrence Golan, conducting; Kenneth Cox, narrating.

Video: Complete work, Lamont Symphony

The Lamont Symphony Orchestra; Lawrence Golan, conducting; Kenneth Cox, narrating.

Performed by:

  • East Texas Baptist University Symphonic Band, Mark Crim, conducing
  • Abington Symphony Orchestra (PA), John Sall, conducting
  • Biola University Symphony and Paul Delgado Singers (CA), Marlin Owen, conducting
  • Yakima Symphony Orchestra (WA), Lawrence Golan, conducting
  • Windiana Concert Band (IN), Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducting
  • Riverbend High School Symphonic Band (VA), Aaron Noë, conducting
  • Lamont Symphony Orchestra (CO), Lawrence Golan, conducting, Kenneth Cox, narrating
  • University of Portland Wind Symphony (OR), Patrick Murphy, conducting
  • Martin Luther College Wind Symphony (MN), Miles Wurster, conducting
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College Concert Band, Terry Treuden, conducting
  • Concordia University Chicago Wind Symphony, Richard Fischer, conducting
  • Valparaiso University Chamber Concert Band, Jeffrey Scott Doebler, conducing

Whistling Tubes

This piece uses several extra “performers” surrounding the audience twirling whistling tubes. These performers can be guests such as local students, board members, or dignitaries.

The tubes are available from toy stores and online retailers like Amazon.  A Google search for “whistling tubes” should locate them.

Yakima Symphony performs Ayers’ Jericho

The Yakima Symphony (Washington state)) performs Ayers’ JERICHO

An Analysis of Jericho at this link

Dr. Miles Wurster has written an excellent analysis of the band version Jericho (nearly identical to orchestral version) including rehearsal and performance suggestions. See pages 16 – 33 in the linked document.