In response to the immediate need for adaptable music, I am offering a new version of this piece for flexible ensemble, arranged by Kaitlin Bove.
Duration: ~3 minutes
Difficulty: concert band grade 2.5
This arrangement consists of five parts plus optional percussion. The score is presented in concert pitch, with the following parts available:
- Part 1: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet
- Part 2: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet
- Part 3: Alto Sax, Trumpet, Horn
- Part 4: Tenor Sax, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium
- Part 5: Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Bari Sax, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
- Percussion 1 (side drum or snare drum with snares off)
- Percussion 2 (tambourine, suspended cymbal)
Alpine Meadow was written during a self-directed, technology-free composing retreat in a cabin near Ashland, Oregon. I had recently visited Yosemite National Park for the first time, and was particularly inspired by the scenic drive on Tioga Road; this mountain pass is the highest in elevation in California (reaching almost 10,000 feet), and winds through the Sierra Nevada mountains overlooking the valleys and meadows below. Standing at the highest point of the road, I felt the cool breeze pass by me and then make its way through the grasses and trees below. The music in Alpine Meadow is intended to represent the quiet intensity of this remote and beautiful place.
Originally composed for concert band in 2020, this piece was commissioned by Chinook's Edge School Division for the 2020 CESD Senior Honour Band.
Recording of this version is coming soon! Here's a performance of the original: