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I first began sketching Demon Dance in the end of 2009 with the title "Junkyard Demons". The sketch included significant percussion and energetic wood winds and originally began with a slower 1st movement. This project was eventually sidelined to free up my time for a significantly busy year. In the Spring, I began my first teaching assignment which led to the premiere
of two works "The Devil's Circus" and"Remember Autumn Skies". During this time, I was also applying for permanent employment at a variety of positions while preparing for my wedding in the end of July.
During the summer of 2011 I resumed work on "Junkyard Demons" completing the work relatively quickly. Eventually, I cut out the 1st movement as it wasn't an effective part of the work. Upon completing the project, I also found that percussion played a much more muted role than originally anticipated. "Junkyard Demons" could no longer properly represent the title as it would be misleading - with no junk or "odd" percussion.
Essentially, "Junkyard Demons" is a dance - which is why I felt "Demon Dance" as an appropriate name. Shifting meter, high wood wind trills, and quick flourish sounds represent the dance-like characteristic I would imagine a spritely demon to have. While not necessarily a Demon in the religious sense, this work depicts a mischievous character - perhaps a sprite or another fairy-tale creature. Rising out of the depths, the demon incites others to dance and celebrate - displaying a sense of agitation and anger. Upon reaching a comfort level with her environment, the demon begins to be more playful - exercising a more relaxed tone. However, this does not last long only to return to the original state of agitation in a flurry of anger and trickery.