This recent orchestra work is now being published and distributed by Imagine Music Publishing. Please contact them directly, or visit JW Pepper to order this piece.
Six variations from the original Reclamation Variations have been arranged for String Orchestra and Guitar Orchestra. Both of these scores are available from JW Pepper and soon, other distributors.
The Woolly Mammoth March was inspired by the long extinct giant creatures that once roamed this earth. Starting with a brass fanfare, much of the music is heavy, demonstrating the size and weight of the mammoths. Later, a contrasting softer section shows the more gentle side of this mammal. The work closes with thunderous stomping. In the last bars of the piece (49-56) the musicians are encouraged to stomp in the shown rhythm when playing sustained notes (if possible).
This work is now available though JW Pepper and our other distributors.
Reclamation is a set of variations for orchestra that was composed from March to May 2020, during the start of the pandemic. During this time, the health crisis had shown a spotlight on many of the very serious problems in America that need to be resolved going forward. The country is going to have to go through a long and painful reclamation period to restore what has severely eroded over many decades. As a result, this music reflects a somber tone, but also of determination.
The guitar was included because I’ve long felt it has been underrepresented in the orchestra field, and it fit well with the style of this work. However, this is not a concerto for the guitar. If no guitar is available, the music has been cued in other instruments. To further balance the guitar with the orchestra, a microphone may be used with a PA system. Careful attention should be given to make sure the guitar can be heard.