Product #: ISO2008
Grade: 2.5
List Price: $50.00

Program Notes


Upon first glance, a desert seems almost incapable of sustaining life, desolate and harsh; but look a little closer, and you’ll see that it is home to equally rugged and harsh life forms. When I was younger I had the opportunity to travel out to the great American West and discovered firsthand the scope of the desert landscape. The wind, finding few trees and obstacles to navigate, howls with an eerie song, which is both beautiful and ominous. Lightning claps echo with more intensity, bouncing off rocky outcroppings and amplified by the open plains, and small mammals and creatures scurry hurriedly to any bit of shelter. It is a wondrous place. Desert Winds is my attempt at putting this experience to music. At times the music is rigid and intense, and at other times soft and delicate. The Siren’s of the old Greek epics might have inhabited the far seas, but the Desert Winds sing a tempting ballad of their own. I hope that you enjoy performing this piece as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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