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The North Star (2018) – for Bb clarinet/Bb bass clarinet, 2 percussion, piano - (13:00)


Commissioned by Zeitgeist for the Greenlight New Music Festival


Complete instrumentation: Bb clarinet/Bb bass clarinet, 2 percussion (perc 1: marimba, 2 concert toms, 2 wood planks, 2 copper pipes, triangle; perc 2: vibraphone, low octave crotales, concert bass drum, 2 wood planks, 2 metal plates/anvils, chain), piano


Listen to the recording here.



Program Notes: 


“The North Star” serves as a historical and cultural tour of Minnesota’s main industries: logging, mining/shipping, agriculture, and manufacturing/technology. Inspired by traditional folk music, cultural records, state anthems, and binary computer and Morse codes, this work celebrates Minnesota and its important contributions to the United States, past and present. “The North Star” was composed for Zeitgeist, a Minnesota-based, musical icon.


Movement 1 quotes the melody from Minnesota logger Michael Cassius Dean’s, “The Falling of the Pine.” Movement 3 quotes the state song, “Hail! Minnesota,” composed by Truman E. Rickard and Arthur E. Upson. Both pieces are in public domain. Access to the sheet music was available through the Minnesota Folksong Collection and Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State (accessed in summer 2018 online).

The North Star

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