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Full Orchestra
String Orchestra
Wind Ensemble
Solo Instrumental

Pastorale is inspired by the prevalence of wide open farmland that can be found sprawling across the American Midwest. Driving across seemingly endless swaths of cornfields and dairy farms puts one in a contemplative mood, and the vastness of the landscape is certainly beautiful. This tranquil expanse is reflected with open harmonies and a yearning melody that always ends inconclusively. Every time this melody returns, it is mirrored by multiple parts of the ensemble in different configurations, first in two parts and at the climax in three parts simultaneously.

Duration: ca 4'
Grade: 4.5

Pastorale is also scored for string orchestra and wind ensemble.

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  • 1 Piccolo, 2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in Bb, 2 Bassoons
  • 4 Horns in F, 3 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones (3rd is bass), 1 Tuba
  • Timpani + 3 Percussion: Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Suspended Cymbal, Tam-tam
  • Strings

Watch the premiere by the NCMEA Eastern Region Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Alexandra Dee:

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Pastorale for orchestra
Date of performance

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