Symphony from Ivy Green
Subtitle: Symphony No. 3. For Soprano and Wind Orchestra
1. Prelude - 3:34
2. The Well - 4:40
3. Hold Out Your Hands - 4:00
4. The Heart of Darkness - 6:05
5. Silence Sits Immense Upon My Soul - 4:25
6. Epilogue (They Took My Away) - 3:10
Oboe I-II (Opt. English Horn)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet (or Eb Contra Alto Clarinet)
Alto Saxophone I-II
Trumpet (in Bb) I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:
- Bass Drum
- Cymbals (crash and suspended)
- Gong (Tam-tam)
- Snare Drum
- Tubular Bells
- Wind Chimes
None discovered thus far.
Symphony from Ivy Green (Symphony No. 3) was commissioned by Marietta M. Paynter and was premiered on Northwestern University's Evanston campus in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on May 21, 1999. Performers were soprano Elizabeth Curtis (to whom the work is dedicated) and the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Mallory Thompson, conductor.
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1954, Ivy Green (the birthplace of Helen Keller) is located on a lovely 640-acre tract in historic Tuscumbia, Alabama.
Like millions world-wide, I always held tremendous admiration for Helen Keller and had at least a general understanding of her life and the inspirational courage and difficulty she unfailingly displayed in overcoming such seemingly insurmountable obstacles. In thinking about her life as such a noble example for people everywhere, I became increasingly surprised that, to the best of my knowledge, no composer had ever set her memorable and very moving words to music.
Truly America's first lady of courage, Helen Keller's powerful and wonderfully lyrical writings (ideally suited to musical dramatization) are just as compelling now as they were when they first appeared over half a century ago.
- Program Note by Mark Camphouse
- Symphony from Ivy Green has been recommended as interesting, serious and distinctive music by members of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).
None discovered thus far.
To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project
- Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Thomas Duffy, conductor; Janna Baty, soprano) – 7 April 2017
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Anthem (2009)
- Canzon, Fugato, and Hymn (2004)
- A Dakota Rhapsody (2007)
- Declarations (1996/1997)
- Elegy (1989)
- Essay for Symphony Band
- Fantasia on "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair" (2006)
- Foundation (2007)
- Heartland Sketches (2009)
- Homage to the Dream (2013)
- Illuminations (2016)
- In Memoriam (2002)
- La cathédrale résiliente (2019)
- Legacy for Brass and Percussion
- A Movement for Rosa (1992)
- Pacific Commemoration
- Reminiscences (2011)
- Resolutions (2017)
- Romanza from A Jack Stamp Suite (2017)
- Shining City, The
- Symphonic Prelude (The Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer)
- Symphonic Fanfare (2006)
- Symphony from Ivy Green
- Three London Miniatures (1988)
- To Build a Fire
- Tribute (1985)
- Two American Canvases
- Watchman, Tell Us of the Night
- Whatsoever Things (1997)
- Yosemite Autumn (1997/2004)
- Camphouse, M.; Keller, H. (1999) Symphony from Ivy Green : (Symphony no. 3) : For Soprano and Wind Orchestra [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tex.
- Mark Camphouse website Accessed 28 July 2016