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Immigrant Dreams

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Timothy Mahr

Timothy Mahr

General Info

Year: 1986
Duration: c. 9:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A Kjos Music - Official Website
Cost: Score & Parts - $85.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
French Horn I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Timpani
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Immigrant Dreams was commissioned by the Anoka High School Concert Band, Michael Hiatt, conductor. Sponsored in part by an Arts Midwest/Meet the Composer grant, the work was premiered at the band's Norway Tour Sendoff Concert on June 20, 1986, with the composer conducting, and was subsequently featured on their Norway tour. In offering the commission, Mr. Hiatt was interested in having a Minnesota composer produce a piece that in some way drew its inspiration from the Norwegian immigrant experience in Minnesota. Research into immigrant diaries, local histories, and Norwegian folk tunes proved fruitful in preparing for the actual composing of the work. The piece attempts to "get inside the head" of an immigrant and reflect on his/her emotions and experiences while taming this new land. A four note theme is developed melodically and harmonically throughout the work. The Norwgian folk song "Kan du glemme gamle Norge?" (How can you forget old Norway?) is set polytonally against a cyclical ostinato constructed from the four note theme.

Program Note by Timothy Mahr


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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