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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Travelogue Movement 2 - Rocky Mountain Starlight

This is the second movement of a composition being composed as a result of a woodwind quintet commissioning consortium. The title of the piece is Travelogue and is an aural representation of interesting places from around the world. The places to be represented are the Sailing on the Mediterranean Sea, Rocky Mountain Starlight, and the Alhambra. The composition would be 10-12 minutes total. For more information about the consortium. please visit http://cooppress.net

This movement is in ABABA form. The instrumentation of the musical material changes in the A sections but is similar in the B sections. To add variety, there are differences in tempo and dynamics. In addition, the movement should be performed with rubato. I have written in the major places where rubato occurs, but the performers should feel free to add more. In other words, the tempo should be very liquid.

The movement is modal, polytonal at times, chromatic at times, lyrical, and has interweaving lines. The accompaniment is homophonic at the beginning and the end and frequently arpeggiated in the middle. All this adds up to a movement that reflects the wonder and beauty of a clear evening in the high elevations of the Rocky Mountains where one feels they could reach out and touch the stars.

Below is the transposed score and sampled sounds in video format. Your comments are always welcomed.

Dr. B

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