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The Spirit of the Sequoia

The Spirit of the Sequoia

SKU: AMP067010

Grade 4 - Score and Parts
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The commissioner of this work requested a piece that characterized humankind's ability to overcome personal tragedy, a scenario which often leaves one with a philosophy of serenity. The composer decided to use the analogy of the sequoia, a generic name for the huge redwood trees, particularly the Californian redwood. The remarkable life cycle of these amazing trees involves them dropping seeds to the ground which require heat toopen their shells and germinate. The redwood forests are frequently sub ject to fires which can destroy the mother tree but ironically also provide the impetus for their seeds to spring into life; the trees actually need a disaster to procreate. In a similar way, the human spirit can actually gain from setbacks - we become stronger after adversity. The musicfalls into sections which can broadly be characterised as doubt, confli ct, catharsis, inner calm and, finally, triumph.

Additional Information

SKU (APIC Barcode) 930036051525
Manufacturer Anglo Music Press
Last Updated 2020-04-04 13:17:58
Model Number 44004956
Level/Grade Grade 4
Series Anglo Music Concert Band
Medium Score/Parts
Publisher Anglo Music Press
Composer Philip Sparke
Production Status 2

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