Distinctive Tonal Music Inspired by Magical Places

Canyon Light: Four Scenes for Woodwind Quintet

ID: SM-000172742
Alternativtitel Morning Prayers, River Music, Shimmering Heat, Sunset
KomponistMichael Mauldin
VerlegerMichael Mauldin
Jahr der Komposition 1989
Genre Klassische Musik / Kammermusik
Instrumentierung Flöte, Klarinette, Fagott, Oboe, Horn
Partitur fürQuintett
Art der PartiturPartitur, Stimmen
Länge 12'15"
Satz, Nr. 1 bis 4 von 4
Schwierigkeitsgrad Fortgeschritten
Beschreibung Commissioned by the New Mexico Woodwind Quintet. This piece was inspired by a river-rafting trip I took with my sons, Kendall and Kevin, at Moab, Utah. My sons must have thought their father insane for taking them there in August. But the cooling white-water, the colors of the canyons and child’s play on sandy beaches made it a treasured experience for all of us.

In the first movement, “Morning Prayers,” the flute and clarinet chase each other like cliff-swallows, echoing their calls off the cathedral-like canyon walls, as I make peace with the Colorado River. The second movement, “River Music,” is full of white-water thrills, as well as quiet moments when the river is deep and slow, while we float beside the raft. “Shimmering Heat” recalls the surreal light effects of rising heat. In “Sunset” there is a sense of urgency to take in as much as possible of the beauty of the rich light on the landscape before night falls. The energy we get from that beauty is real. Not just a fleeting mood, it sustains mind, body and spirit.

ASCAP title code: 330553996

More sound: https://soundcloud.com/michael-mauldin/sets/canyon-light

Complete tracks of all four movements: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_kIVu7P9Akzn8D7FZcsnqegint_3EJ2_ZA
Datum des Uploads 21.10.2012


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