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. For advanced players. Dur.: 14’
Co-commissioned by the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Cornell University Wind Ensemble, this brilliant 5-minute fanfare is scored for performance by either a reduced wind ensemble, or the wind, brass, and percussion sections of a standard orchestra. For advanced ensembles.