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Yosemite Sunrise - by Karen Kachelmeier Robertson
Grade 4 (Medium-Advanced) 4 minutes 13 seconds
A beautifully descriptive wind band work inspired by the composer’s own experience of a new dawn while camping at Yosemite National Park in California, Yosemite Sunrise depicts the awakening of life as the sun rises above a breathtaking landscape. The opening is slow and calm, before dawn has arrived. A repeated string of notes from the marimba sounds the promise of a new day. Gradually, new instruments add life to the music, allowing the sun to enter in its full majesty. As the music becomes faster and louder, the sun is now in full ascent, and the magic of Yosemite achieves its full splendor. Exciting melodic passages for the winds, accompanied by a captivating percussion background, allow the listener to vividly picture the beauty that is Yosemite. A musically inspiring new concert work from a new writing talent that is sure to find her way into the mainstream of composers of music for wind band. Watch for additional works on the horizon!
October 1, 2015 marked the 125th Anniversary of the creation of Yosemite National Park. This incredible resource includes 1,500 square miles of some of our nations most breathtaking beauty and natural resources. Millions of visitors take advantage of the park each and every year to share and experience in this truly natural wonder.
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