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Arctic Dreams (ed Ambrose)

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Michael Colgrass

Michael Colgrass (ed. Ambrose)

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General Info

Year: 1991 / 2015 (?)
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

In Arctic Dreams, Colgrass combines his own experiences living above the Arctic Circle with an Inuit family with images from a book by Barry Lopez to produce a tone poem of great sweep and expressive power. After a trombone solo suggesting the vastness of the Arctic landscape, we hear a series of tone images depicting a variety of experiences, including laughter-inducing throat singing and the majesty of the aurora borealis.

Colgrass is an inventive composer and his orchestration is always surprising and convincing.

- Stephan Hicken writes in American Record Guide of the Centaur Records CD with New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble under Frank Battisti.


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State Ratings

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  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert J. Ambrose, conductor; Jeremy Berkman, trombone) – 12 February 2016

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