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 for orchestra adapted from the version for band of the same title. 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). This version was (fittingly) arranged by Verena for the Durham Medical Orchestra to premiere in December, 2016.
11 December 2016, Durham Medical Orchestra, Baldwin Auditorium, Verena Moesenbichler-Bryant, conductor
Flute I-II-III (doubles Picc.)
Clarinet in B♭ I-II-III
Trumpet in B♭ I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
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)