Acadia Fanfare

for orchestra
2+p.2.2.2 – – tmp+3 – str

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Program Note

Acadia Fanfare was commissioned by the Pierre Monteux School with support from the Maine Arts Commission to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Acadia National Park. It was composed from February – April of 2016.

Acadia Fanfare was inspired by the natural beauty of and rugged landscape of Acadia National Park, and also by the musical tradition of the Pierre Monteux School, which sits in close proximity to the park itself. The work opens with a depiction of waves beating against the rocky shores of Mt. Desert Island, musically, an homage to Debussy’s “La Mer”. The squalls of seabirds sound in the distance as the day comes alive. The waves grow larger and larger as the musical texture builds to a breaking point, and finally the fanfare theme itself bursts forth in a blinding array of light and mist.

The central section captures the magic and majesty of the park’s interior, and gives the forrest birds a turn to speak. The work concludes by once again evoking the rocky coastal shores of Acadia, as an accretion of birdsong and crashing waves usher in a recapitulation of the fanfare theme leading the work to its triumphant finale.

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