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Cahokia

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Jared Spears

Jared Spears


General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 2:20
Difficulty: I (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Great Works Publishing, though Keiser Southern Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00; (digital) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone/Euphonium/Bassoon
Tuba
Timpani
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Tribal sounds are unmistakable in representing this ancient Indian nation. The Cahokia were the prehistoric Indian civilization which built the impressive mounds in Illinois that still exist today. The music represents the images of war, peace, celebration, and mystery which the composer encountered as he wandered in the footsteps of the ancient ones. Images of this long-departed culture reappear in this highly descriptive music.

- Program Note from publisher


The Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is the site of a pre-Columbian Native American city (which existed c. 1050–1350 CE) directly across the Mississippi River from modern St. Louis, Missouri. This historic park lies in south-western Illinois between East St. Louis and Collinsville.[4] The park covers 2,200 acres, but the ancient city was much larger. At its apex around 1100 CE, the city covered about six square miles and included about 120 manmade earthen mounds in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and functions. At the apex of its population, Cahokia may have briefly exceeded contemporaneous London, which at that time was approximately 14,000–18,000.

Cahokia was the largest and most influential urban settlement of the Mississippian culture, which developed advanced societies across much of what is now the central and southeastern United States, beginning more than 1,000 years before European contact. Today, the Cahokia Mounds are considered to be the largest and most complex archaeological site north of the great pre-Columbian cities in Mexico.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Media


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: I
  • North Carolina: I
  • Texas: I. Complete


Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Cahokia. Wikipedia Accessed 6 September 2021
  • Spears, J. (2005). Cahokia: For Beginning Band [score]. Great Works Publishing: Grafton, Ohio.