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Title: Canyon Light
Author: Mauldin, Michael
LC Subject(s): Wind quintets (Bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn, oboe) -- Scores
Suites (Bassoon, clarinet, flute, horn, oboe) -- Scores
Abstract: 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 us all. “Morning Prayers” recalls “making peace” with the cathedral-like canyon before riding the Colorado River. “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 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.
Date: 1990
Publisher: Michael Mauldin
Description: Four Scenes for Woodwind Quintet – photocopy of manuscript score only. Commissioned by the New Mexico Woodwind Quintet, which premiered the work on May 16, 1990 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Faith in Santa Fe and May 21, 1990 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque. Movement Titles: "Morning Prayers," "River Music," "Shimmering Heat," "Sunset." ASCAP Title Code: 330553996. Date Composed: 1989. Copyright: 1990 M Mauldin. Duration: 12:15. Score/Parts: M Mauldin (manuscript).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/15829

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