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Oliver Caplan

Oliver Caplan (arr. Andrew Pease)

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General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Oliver Caplan
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Caplan’s The New Colossus uses the text of the sonnet of the same name by Emma Lazarus that is famously associated with the Statue of Liberty. Caplan’s program note illuminates his inspiration:

America was founded in 1776, a nation of immigrants. Now, we talk about walls, about here versus there, about fear, about sharing, about keeping, and keeping out. But over a century ago, in 1883, author Emma Lazarus penned a sonnet so powerful it would come to symbolize our nation’s place in the world for generations. “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp,” she wrote. “Give me your tired, your poor.” What could be more patriotic than this poem inscribed on one of our greatest national icons, the Statue of Liberty? I set Lazarus’s words to music in honor of those who’ve found a home in America and those who wait yet “beside the golden door.”

- Program Note from Wind Band Literature

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  • Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Pease, conductor; Ashley Rickson, soprano) – 3 October 2019

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