An American Tapestry (chamber version)
(fl, ob, cl, bsn, alto sax, tenor sax, 2 horns, trp, trb, tba) 6'45"
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Players from high school through professional have enjoyed the unique instrumentation and colorful harmonies that enliven this medley of folk songs. Now also available for full winds.
Listen (mp3, 9.2 MB; Ithaca College Wind Ensemble; Stephen Peterson conducting)
Commissioned in 2003 by a consortium of ten Minnesota high schools, this work for chamber winds is a continuous medley of three American folk tunes: The Girl I Left Behind Me, She's Gone Away and Ol' Dan Tucker. It was performed by all of the schools in the spring and fall of 2003, and I was fortunate to conduct several of the performances. Since publication in the Windependence Series (Boosey & Hawkes), the piece has become quite popular and is on many repertoire lists for chamber wind music.