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Instrumentation:   Orchestra

Genres:   CloserEnergeticFanfareFastLoudOpenerRhythmic

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 small orchestra (see instrumentation, below) 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).

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Flute I-II (I doubles Picc.)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Clarinet in B♭ I-II

Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trumpet in B♭ I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III

Timpani (also plays small shaker)
Perc. 1: Glockenspiel, Suspended Crash Cymbal, Suspended Cymbal
Perc. 2: Snare Drum, Bass Drum, small block of wood

Harp (optional)


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