Subtitle: For Large Wind Ensemble
C Piccolo I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion, including (among other things):
- Frame Drum
- Jaw Harp
None discovered thus far.
Following a celebrated series of wind ensemble tone poems about national parks in the American West, Dan Welcher’s Upriver celebrates the Lewis & Clark Expedition from the Missouri River to Oregon’s Columbia Gorge, following the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Welcher’s imaginative textures and inventiveness are freshly modern, evoking our American heritage, including references to Shenandoah and other folk songs known to have been sung on the expedition.
- Program Note by publisher
The piece is an homage to the expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark across the western United States beginning in 183. Welcher writes about his work:
I have written a sizable number of works for wind ensemble that draw their inspiration from the monumental spaces found in the American West...Upriver, although it found its voice (and its finale) in the magnificent Columbia Gorge in Oregon, is about a much larger region. This piece, like its brother works about the national parks, doesn't try to tell a story. Instead, it captures the flavor of a certain time, and of a grand adventures.
Welcher quotes a number of American folk songs throughout Upriver, including Shenandoah, V'la Bon Vent, Soldier's Joy, Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier, Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy, and Fisher's Hornpipe.
Upriver was commissioned by a consortium of college band directors led by Timothy A. Paul of the University of Oregon. Its premiere was given on March 6, 2011, by the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble, with Paul conducting.
- Program Note from Teaching Music Through Performance in Band
None discovered thus far.
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Works for Winds by this Composer
- Arches (1985)
- Castle Creek (1989/2009)
- Downshifting (2014)
- For the Mystic Harmony (2017)
- Glacier (2003)
- Hauntings (1986)
- Perpetual Song (2008)
- Songs Without Words (2001/2007)
- Spumante (1998/1999)
- Symphony No. 3, "Shaker Life" (1997)
- Symphony No. 4, "American Visionary" (2005)
- Symphony No. 6, "Three Places in the East" (2017)
- Minstrels of the Kells (2002)
- Upriver (2011)
- The Yellowstone Fires (1998)
- Zion (1994)
- Cicconi, C. (2017). The Band Music Handbook: A Catalog of Emerging Band Repertoire. Rowman & Littlefield: Lanham, Md.
- Dan Welcher website Accessed 5 September 2017
- Welcher, D. (2012). Upriver: For Large Wind Ensemble (2010) [score]. Elkan Vogel: [King of Prussia, Penn.]
- Robinson, David D. "Upriver." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 9, edit. &