Southwest Virginia Portrait, A

From Wind Repertory Project
Jason Bailey

Jason Bailey

General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 12:30
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hawkeye Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $60.00; (digital) - $60.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


1. Powell Valley
2. The Clinch River
3. High Knob, VA

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe I
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I
  • B-flat Trumpet I
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I

Part 2

  • Flute
  • Oboe II
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II
  • B-flat Trumpet II
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II
  • Horn in F II

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet III
  • B-flat Trumpet III
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone III
  • Horn in F III

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Horn in F IV

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium

Part 6

  • Bassoon
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba

Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Mallets
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Movement 1: Powell Valley. Named for Ambrose Powell, who was part of the exploration party headed by Dr. Thomas Walker, Powell Valley is one of the most picturesque locations in Southwest Virginia. Setting between Powell Mountain and Little Stone Mountain, Powell Valley is one of our most cherished locations due to its beauty and views of the surrounding mountains. This movement simply pays tribute to the mountains surrounding the area with quotes from the Carter Family song, My Clinch Mountain Home. The beginning is a celebration of life, transitioning into Sunday morning church and finally an intense tribute to the Valley itself. Movement

2: The Clinch River. Beginning around Tazwell, Va., the Clinch River has been an important part of our growth in the area, as well as providing the first settlers of the area with transportation and fishing. The river travels 335 miles through Tazwell, Russell, Wise, Scott, and Lee Counties before crossing the state line into Tennessee and depositing in Norris Lake. This movement follows the river from its humble beginnings in Tazwell, through the rapids and rougher waters of Scott and Lee County, and finally, its triumphant merging with the Powell River and Norris Lakes. Hints of Down To The River To Pray can be heard throughout the movement, staking its claim as a place of baptism, referring to the baptism spot found on River Road in Castlewood, Va.

Movement 3: High Knob, VA. High Knob is the highest point in Southwest Virginia, rising above the valley that is home to Norton, Va., and the composer's home and current town. Rising 4,222 feet above sea level, on a clear day one can observe Tennessee, West Virginia, North, and even South Carolina at the fire tower at the peak above Norton. A festival is held each year at High Knob Lake, celebrating our musical heritage of bluegrass. This movement looks to celebrate that festival with several tunes from the Carter Family, including The Sunny Side of Life and Will the Circle Be Unbroken, culminating in a gathering of worship to the song The Sweet By And By. Recursions of the theme of worship are prominent in all three movements, echoing the strong religious feelings of our area.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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