Dogwood

by

William Copper

 


DOGWOOD (COPPER, W)
Grade 4-5 String Orchestra (Violins, Viola, 'Cello, no Bass)
Hartenshield Group, Inc

_William Copper. Beautiful lyrical drama for strings. Third of the Trees of the Mid-Atlantic suite. Dogwood condenses the bud-blossom-leaf-fall cycle of an arborial year into six minutes of melody, rising into a single crescendo of flower near the middle. An exposition "more imaginative than mimetic" according to the Wilmington, Delaware News Journal. Premiered by the Delaware Symphony. There is a high violin solo, and a short viola solo.

From the program notes in the score:

 
   Each Tree in the Trees of the Mid-Atlantic looks at a native 
   tree in a different way.  All of the Tree compositions, naturally,
   must abstract and rarify impressions received from the
   natural world into an almost alien world of tones.   

   Alfred, Lord Tennyson, approached the same problem of 
   describing the natural marvel of a tree, with as little 
   expectation of success, and his words are quoted on the 
   cover of the score: "...but if I could understand what you are, 
   root and all, and all in all, I should know what God and man is."

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Copyright 2001 William P. Copper

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