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SOARING EAGLE, SETTING SUN from the 'Americana Symphony'
Seeded by markoconnor on 7 Apr 2012
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Author: markoconnor
MARK O'CONNOR'S AMERICANA SYMPHONY 'VARIATIONS ON APPALACHIA WALTZ' Recorded by Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony. Movement V. SOARING EAGLE, SETTING SUN -- The fifth variation is a canon. It takes two phrases from Appalachia Waltz and (through canonic imitation and some fugal applications) invokes the emotional journey of ascending the majestic Rocky Mountains. The movement begins in the lowest register of the basses and cellos, a processional recalling the tremendous hazards encountered on the journey so far. Now the Westward travelers face a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, the face of a mountain. As the winds and brass join in with their echo phrases, I imagine travelers at the foothills looking forward, looking up, with their wagons, horses and others walking, trudging, plodding. The strings build section by section with percussion bells and chimes as the music scales the mountain further. The unyielding slopes broaden as the travelers reach the pinnacle and revel in the
Composer: Mark O'Connor
Conductor: Marin Alsop