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Travis J. Cross

Travis J Cross

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General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Memento was commissioned by the Indiana Bandmaster Association and premiered at eight different sites across Indiana by the all-district honor bands on November 13, 2011.

The work is dedicated to my paternal grandmother, Madeline Cross (b. 1927), one of the millions of people worldwide suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The title refers both to a physical keepsake or souvenir and the memories associated with such an item. It also evokes the Latin phrase memento mori, which literally means "remember that you will die;" although often associated in works of art with wrath and judgment, the phrase resonates most with me as an invitation to live generously and honestly.

The idea of nostalgic memory emerges most directly throgh two short quotations from On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away, the official state song of Indiana (though perhaps less popular than Back Home in Indiana). Written by Paul Dresser in 1897, the two verses fondly recollect first the narrator's childhood, especially his mother, and then his lost sweetheart. I chose a tune with a specific Indiana theme in honor of the commissioning party, but its sentimental context and harmonic progression pay clear homage to 'Stephen Foster and the American musical tradition he created.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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