Saturday, October 25, 2014

Monument

The dictionary defines “monument” as something designed and built as a lasting public tribute to a person, a group of people, or an event, or a site or structure that is preserved because of its historical, cultural, or aesthetic importance. Robert W. Smith composed Monument with these definitions in mind, and adds “inspired by the poem 'Spirit that Form’d this Scene' from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass”. Whitman wrote this beautiful prose as he overlooked the panoramic landscape in Platte Canyon, Colorado. The moving and colorful work contains four distinct sections, which are to be performed attacca (without pause): To Touch the Sky, Cloud Dances, Colorado Dreams, and Pioneer Spirit and Celebration. (Source: published score)

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