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Hyas Tyee Temwata

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Christina Rusnak

Christina Rusnak


Subtitle: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act


General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 7:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Rusnak Music Press
Cost: - Score and Parts (print) - $95.00; (digital) - $50.00 | Score Only (print) - $50.00; (digital) - $25.00


Movements

Three


Instrumentation

Full Score
Piccolo (doubling Flute)
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
F Horn I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium
Tuba
Double Bass
Percussion I-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Tom -tom (mid-low)
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Blocks (high and low)
  • Xylophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

In addition to the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Trails System, 2018 marked the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail. In the full three-movement suite, I strive to evoke the essence of the landscape along the route. The most famous site -- Willamette Falls in Oregon -- was immediately industrialized for its power. The music attempts to take the listener back to the landscape itself, and to life prior to settlement and during the pioneers’ cross-country experience. The emotions of these people, both with historical ties to the landscape and the travelers moving through, found their way into the music.

Willamette Falls, Hyas Tyee Tǝmwata, is the largest waterfall in Oregon Territory and second only to Niagara Falls in the envisioned United States. Fur traders and painters had built up this landscape as North America’s Eden. This was the end point of the Oregon Trail -- the destination that nearly half a million people strove to reach. Prior to the migration of Americans here, Hyas Tyee Tǝmwata flourished as a major fishery, with a thriving society of people living in semi-permanent villages of wooden structures. The third movement ties together the falls, the traditional importance of the landscape and the excitement of the setters upon their arrival.

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde became owners of the property at Willamette Falls in April 2019.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

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