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Symphony from Ivy Green

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Mark Camphouse

Mark Camphouse

Subtitle: Symphony No. 3. For Soprano and Wind Orchestra

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 26:00
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Southern Music Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $200.00   |   Score Only - $25.00


1. Prelude - 3:34
2. The Well - 4:40
3. Hold Out Your Hands - 4:00
4. The Heart of Darkness - 6:05
5. Silence Sits Immense Upon My Soul - 4:25
6. Epilogue (They Took My Away) - 3:10


Full Score
Soprano Solo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II (Opt. English Horn)
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (or Eb Contra Alto 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
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crotales
  • Cymbals (crash and suspended)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong (Tam-tam)
  • Marimba
  • Ratchet
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom-Toms
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Symphony from Ivy Green (Symphony No. 3) was commissioned by Marietta M. Paynter and was premiered on Northwestern University's Evanston campus in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on May 21, 1999. Performers were soprano Elizabeth Curtis (to whom the work is dedicated) and the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Mallory Thompson, conductor.

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1954, Ivy Green (the birthplace of Helen Keller) is located on a lovely 640-acre tract in historic Tuscumbia, Alabama.

Like millions world-wide, I always held tremendous admiration for Helen Keller and had at least a general understanding of her life and the inspirational courage and difficulty she unfailingly displayed in overcoming such seemingly insurmountable obstacles. In thinking about her life as such a noble example for people everywhere, I became increasingly surprised that, to the best of my knowledge, no composer had ever set her memorable and very moving words to music.

Truly America's first lady of courage, Helen Keller's powerful and wonderfully lyrical writings (ideally suited to musical dramatization) are just as compelling now as they were when they first appeared over half a century ago.

- Program Note by Mark Camphouse


Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.) Concert Band (Thomas Duffy, conductor; Janna Baty, soprano) – 7 April 2017

Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Camphouse, M.; Keller, H. (1999) Symphony from Ivy Green : (Symphony no. 3) : For Soprano and Wind Orchestra [score]. Southern Music: San Antonio, Tex.
  • Mark Camphouse website Accessed 28 July 2016