Grade 3 (5:40)
|Gary P. Gilroy|
"Steven's Song was commissioned by and dedicated to the Wantagh High School Band, Wantagh, New York, Mindy Dragovich, Conductor, and the Steven Nathaniel Wolkoff Foundation, in memory of Steven Wolkoff. A former member of the Wantagh High School Band, Steven played trumpet and later found a passion for writing and performing on bass guitar. Professionally, Steven won an emmy for his work at Freewheel.com. In 2008 Steven's life was cut short by a drunk driver who caused a 5-car collision in California. He was only 31 years old.
This composition is a quiet and moving work and is meant to serve as a tribute to the life of Steven Wolkoff. It makes use of simple, yet haunting harmonies and a melody that will stay with the listener long after its final notes have finished sounding. The use of piano and the metallic percussion instruments such as bells, crotales, vibraphone, chimes, assorted triangles, finger cymbals and wind chimes, are the composer's attempt to capture the heart and warmth of this gentleman who was taken from our world far too early."