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In This Broad Earth (band)

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Instrumentation:   Band

Genres:   Fanfare

COME, said the Muse,
Sing me a song no poet yet has chanted,
Sing me the Universal.

In this broad Earth of ours,
Amid the measureless grossness and the slag,
Enclosed and safe within its central heart,
Nestles the seed Perfection.

– from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Universal” from Leaves of Grass

In This Broad Earth is a short fanfare written for and dedicated to Kevin Sedatole and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony. Inspired by beauty I witness when hiking in the Austrian Alps with my wife, Verena, the music celebrates the earth, our only home (for now).

The fanfare embodies the numerous threads that have connected my life with Michigan State University over the past decade. Verena was one of Dr. Sedatole’s first conducting students at MSU, which coincided with the beginning of our relationship. I spent a great deal of time at Verena’s apartment in Spartan Village where I wrote the opening section of my Concerto for Wind Ensemble on a makeshift desk (a card table given to her by Director of Bands Emeritus John Whitwell). Over the years since, the MSU bands have performed a many of my works, always at the very highest level, and though I was never a student there, I have great affection and loyalty to this extraordinary school on the banks of the Red Cedar.

In This Broad Earth intentionally shares musical material with my Concerto for Trombone, which I was writing simultaneously, coincidentally for Dr. Sedatole’s conducting teacher and close friend, Jerry Junkin.

Dedicated to: Kevin Sedatole and the Michigan State University Wind Symphony


20 November 2015, Michigan State University Wind Symphony, Kevin Sedatole, conductor

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Flute I-II-III (doubles Picc.)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Clarinet in B♭ I-II-III
Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
Alto Saxophone in E♭ I-II
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

Trumpet in B♭ I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
Contrabass (optional)

Perc. 1: Glockenspiel, Crash Cymbal, Tam-tam
Perc. 2: Suspended Cymbal
Perc. 3: Snare Drum
Perc. 4: Sandblocks, Shaker, Crash Cymbal
Perc. 5: Bass Drum
Perc. 6: Vibraphone (optional)

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