Farewell to Gray

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Donald Grantham

Donald Grantham

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General Info

Year: 2001
Duration: c. 6:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Piquant Press
Cost: Score and Parts $300.00 (rental)   |   Score Only (print) - $55.00


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Program Notes

Farewell to Gray was commissioned by the United States Military Academy Band in celebration of the Academy's 200th anniversary. While considering which i could do to give this work particular resonance for West Point cadets, it was pointed out to me that following graduation, the cadet would no longer wear the distinctive gray uniform worn throughout his or her matriculation, and that this has long been a significant even in each cadet;s life and career. It is an ending and a beginning accompanied by all the ambivalent feelings such events entail, and this is what I have tried to reflect in the music.

- Program Note by composer

Donald Grantham's beautifully lyric Farewell to Gray, commissioned by the West Point Band, is a descriptive work based on a phrase from the traditional West Point song Army Blue: “We'll bid farewell to Kaydet gray and don the Army blue.” The title refers to that poignant moment in a cadet's life when he or she graduates, giving up the gray uniform in exchange for the dress blue of the regular Army -- a moment of profound, conflicting emotions. The West Point Band was actually rehearsing this work for its premiere when news reached them of the destruction of the Twin Towers. Hence, this work holds a special meaning for the band.

- Program Note from West Point Band CD liner notes


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