the view from here (2016)

for flute, clarinet, horn, percussion, violin, viola, and cello

9 min

I. drones and swells of the not far road (skyline drive)

II. a point off in the blue woods (big meadows)

III. moving points in the hooves and feet of animals (hawksbill)

For this work, I collaborated with my close friend, former neighbor, and wonderful poet F. Daniel Rzicznek, who teaches English composition and poetry at Bowling Green State University. After telling him about the project, I asked him to write a poem that I could respond to in some way, and Compass is the result.

The images within Compass immediately called to mind Shenandoah National Park, a park special to me and one not far from my home in Richmond, Virginia. Each of the three movements in the view from here bears a title that comes from a line of Dan's poem and also contains a subtitle connecting it to Shenandoah.

The first movement, "drones and swells of the not-far road," is a meditation on the park's most prominent feature: Skyline Drive, a scenic highway winding its way through the entire park. "a point off in the blue woods," the second movement, was inspired by Big Meadows (a large, open space in the heart of the park) and features bells and distant, fragmented quotes of the folk song "O Shenandoah." The third movement "moving points in the hooves and feet of animals" is subtitled "hawksbill" for the trail leading to the highest summit of the park, which offers incredible vistas and many opportunities for encountering wildlife.

Performances

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August 17, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Western Tour

Olympic National Park

Hoh Rainforest's Hall of Mosses Trail

Forks, WA

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August 16, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Western Tour

Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center

Port Angeles, WA

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August 15, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Western Tour

Olympic National Park

Heart O'the Hills Campground

Port Angeles, WA

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August 14, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Western Tour

Mount Rainier National Park – Sunrise Visitor Center

Sunrise Park Rd

Ashford, WA

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August 13, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Western Tour

Mount Rainier National Park – Paradise Visitor Center

Mount Rainier National Park

Ashford, WA

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August 8, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Western Tour

North Cascades National Park – Visitor Center

Marblemount, WA

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August 7, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Western Tour

North Cascades National Park – Environmental Learning Center

1940 Diablo Dam Rd

Rockport, WA

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August 6, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Western Tour

Good Shepherd Center

4649 Sunnyside Ave N

Seattle, WA

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August 5, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Western Tour

San Juan Island National Historical Park

American Camp

Friday Harbor, WA

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August 4, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Western Tour

San Juan Island National Historical Park

English Camp

Friday Harbor, WA

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July 31, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Eastern Tour

George Eastman Museum

900 East Ave

Rochester, NY

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June 18, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Eastern Tour

Byrd Visitor Center, Shenandoah National Park

Skyline Drive Milepost 51

Stanley, VA

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June 17, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Eastern Tour

The Theatre

291 Gay Street

Washington, VA

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June 14, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Eastern Tour

Top of Purchase Knob, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

107 Purchase Rd

Waynesville, TN

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June 11, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Eastern Tour

Mammoth Cave – The Rotunda

Mammoth Cave, KY

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June 9, 2016

Music in the American Wild Ensemble

Music in the American Wild Eastern Tour

Locust Grove

561 Blankenbaker Lane

Louisville, KY