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Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon

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General Info

Year: 2010
Duration: c. 15:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Lawdon Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental   |   Score Only (print) - $65.00

Movements (may be played separately)

1. Speed Bike – 3:30
2. Winding Tree Lane – 6:40
3. Rail Lights – 5:20


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Road Stories is a series of portraits of life journeys. In Speed Bike, the listener moves along in a joyful ride over sudden lifting hills and along paths that are comprised of quick twists and turns; there is a relishing of freedom and the speed of youth. Winding Tree Lanemoves at a much slower pace ... a quiet street of leafy sunlit patterns, absorbed by the traveler in slow footfalls; this is time movement in contemplative moments. Rail Lights is the visual phenomenon of being on a train, looking through windows at fast-passing lights. No picture is clear, but sometimes a space will go by where the passenger can see a larger picture than the momentary shifts of lights. The traveling that we all do while moving from one day to the next often shows us only passing glimmers, but there are those moments when a clear picture shifts into focus of a larger world.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by The National Wind Ensemble Consortium Group. Movements may be performed individually.


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Colorado Boulder Wind Symphony (Donald J. McKinney, conductor) – 20 September 2018
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  • Boston (Mass.) Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Kelly Corcoran, conductor) – 4 May 2018
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Symphony (Steven D. Davis, conductor) – 24 April 2018
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Wind Orchestra (Richard Clary, conductor) – 28 February 2018
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor) – 7 December 2016
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Ensemble (Rodney Dorsey, conductor) – 22 November 2016
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 28 September 2016
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble – 28 November 2011

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