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Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra Alto Clarinet
Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Percussion I-II, including:
- Bass Drum
- Cymbal (suspended)
- Tubular Bells (Chimes)
None discovered thus far.
The Shenandoah Valley and the Shenandoah River are located in Virginia. The origin of the name for this river and valley is obscure. The origins of the folk song are equally obscure, but all date to the 19th century. Many variants on the melody and text have been handed down through the years with the most popular telling the story of an early settler’s love for a Native American woman. The composer writes:
In my setting of Shenandoah I was inspired by the freedom and beauty of the folk melody and by the natural images evoked by the words, especially the image of a river. I was less concerned with the sound of a rolling river than with its life-affirming energy -- its timelessness. Sometimes the accompaniment flows quietly under the melody; other times it breathes alongside it. The work's mood ranges from quiet reflection, through growing optimism, to profound exaltation.
- Program Note by Frank Ticheli
The Shenandoah River and the valley that bears its name are located in Virginia. It is claimed that the river and valley were named in the 1750s by the Cherokee as a friendly tribute to a visiting Iroquois chief named Shenandoah.
The origins of the haunting folk song named for this valley are obscure, and lyrics offer a variety of stories. Some tell of a roving trader in love with the daughter of an Indian chief. In this interpretation, the rover tells the chief of his intent to take the girl with him far to the West, across the Missouri River. Other interpretations tell of a pioneer’s nostalgia for the valley in Virginia, and still others describe a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War dreaming of his home in Virginia.
This setting for concert band was commissioned by Hill Country (Texas) Middle School Symphonic Band, Cheryl Floyd, conductor, as a tribute to Jonathan Paul Cosentino, a horn player in the Hill Country band whose young life ended tragically in December of 1997.
- Program Note by the Austin (Texas) Symphonic Band concert program, 7 February 2015
The Shenandoah Valley and the Shenandoah River are located in Virginia. There is disagreement among historians concerning the origins of their names. Some claim that the river and valley were named in the 1750’s by the Cherokee as a friendly tribute to a visiting Iroquois Chief named Skenandoah. Others suggest that the region was named not by the Cherokee, but by the Senedo Indians of the Virginia Valley. In the Senedo tradition, Shenandoah means “daughter of the moon”, and bears no relation to the Iroquois Chief Skenandoah.
The origins of the folk song are equally obscure, but all date to the 19th century. It has been attributed variously to a coal miner in Pennsylvania, a young protégé of Stephen Foster, and to a housewife in Lexington, Kentucky. Many variants on the melody and text have been handed down through the years, the most popular telling the story of an early settler’s love for a Native American woman.
- Program Note from State University of New York, Potsdam, Symphonic Band concert program, 17 November 2016
- Audio CD: North Texas Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor).
- Audio CD: Michigan State University Wind Symphony (John Whitwell, conductor).
- Audio CD: Massachusetts Wind Symphony (Malcolm W. Rowell Jr., conductor).
- Florida: IV
- Maryland: IV
- Minnesota: II
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- Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) Symphonic Band (Jesse Stevens, conductor) – 21 November 2019
- Indiana University (Bloomington) Concert Band (Jason H. Nam, conductor) – 19 November 2019
- Heisey Wind Ensemble (Newark, Ohio) (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor) – 27 October 2019
- Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble (Chestertown, Md.) (Charles Thai, conductor) – 3 November 2019
- Watsonville (Calif.) Community Band (Eugene Smith, conductor) – 8 June 2018 (Golden Gate Park, San Francisco)
- Empire Wind Ensemble (Highland, Calif.) (Jessica Swanson, conductor) – 12 June 2019
- Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble (Florence, Ore.) (David Olson, conductor) – 4 May 2019
- Kent State (Ohio) Communiversity Band (Mason Smith, conductor) – 30 April 2019
- Cincinnati (Ohio) Youth Symphonic Band (Adelaide Young, conductor) – 29 April 2019
- Valdosta (Ga.) State University Concert Band (Benjamin Harper, conductor) – 24 April 2019
- Muhlenberg College (Allentown, Penn.) Wind Ensemble (Andrew Ardizzoia, conductor) – 7 April 2019
- Fresno (Calif.) City College Wind Ensemble (Elisha K Wilson, conductor) - 17 March 2019 (2019 Sutherland Wind Festival (Fresno, Calif.)
- Colorado State University (Fort Collins) Symphonic Band (Hollie Bennett, graduate student conductor) – 4 March 2019
- Michigan State University (East Lansing) Campus Band (Arris Golden, conductor) – 19 February 2019
- Colorado State University, Pueblo, Festival of Winds Green Wind Orchestra (Timothy Diem, conductor) - 16 February 2019
- Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.) Wind Ensemble (Donald Peach, conductor) – 15 February 2019
- Tallahassee (Fla.) Winds (Patrick Dunnigan, conductor) – 12 February 2019
- University of Miami (Coral Gables) Green Concert Band (Jay C. Reese, conductor) – 2 February 2019
- Mid-State (Aitkin, Minn.) Conference 11th-12th Grade Honor Band (Betsy McCann, conductor) – 8 December 2018
Works for Winds by this Composer
- Abracadabra (2005)
- Acadiana (2016)
- Amazing Grace (1994)
- Amen! (2009)
- An American Elegy (2000)
- Angels in the Architecture (2009)
- Ave Maria (as arranger) (1825/2004)
- Blue Shades (1996)
- Boundless River (2020)
- Cajun Folk Songs, Part One (1990)
- Cajun Folk Songs, Part Two (1997)
- Concertino for Trombone (1987/2007)
- Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble (2014)
- Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble (2010)
- Dancing on Water (2015)
- December Snow (2015)
- Earth Song for Band (2012)
- First Light (2013)
- Fortress (1988)
- Gaian Visions (1990)
- Ghost Tale (2020)
- Joy (2005)
- Joy Revisited (2005)
- Korean Folksongs from Jeju Island (2013)
- Loch Lomond
- Midnight (2019)
- Midnight in Nairobi (2019)
- Music for Winds and Percussion (withdrawn)
- Nitro (2006)
- Pacific Fanfare
- Portrait of a Clown
- Postcard (1991)
- Rest (2011)
- San Antonio Dances (2010)
- Sanctuary (2006)
- Serenade for Kristin (2018)
- Shaker Gift Song, A (2004)
- Shenandoah (1999)
- Silver Lining (2017)
- Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs (2002)
- Songs of Love and Life (2012)
- Sun Dance (1997)
- Symphony No. 1 (tr. Green)
- Symphony No. 2 (2004)
- The Tyger (2008)
- Under the Big Top (2019)
- Vesuvius (1997)
- Wild Nights!
- Frank Ticheli's site at Manhattan Beach Music.
- Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. 2002. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 4. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 380-387.