Roger Cichy, composer
Wings Across America unfolds as a dramatic musical narrative of
the WASPs and depicts various stages that these inspiring women went through
to serve their country.
Following an opening celebratory fanfare to the WASPs, the work dramatically
turns to America at war and the need for all Americans to contribute to the
The musical textures become very martial, reflecting the military training of
women preparing to become WASPs.
Cichy uses a variety of musical devices to portray this period: melodies made
up of bugle calls, march-like textures, and an embedded Morse code repeating
strand of WASP (dit-da-da, dit-da, dit-dit-dit, dit-da-da-dit).
At various times during the piece, Cichy throws in short paraphrases of
“The Air Force Song” (sometimes referred to as
“Off We Go, Into the Wild Blue Yonder”).
The passion for flying and a willingness to leave family and friends to serve
a nation at war is reflected in the slower, more lyrical segment of the work.
The women of the WASPs carried out their assigned duties with courage, guts,
This spirit is characterized in the final section of the work.