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Ice Sculptures

By Brian Balmages

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String orchestra - Grade 3
Composed by Brian Balmages. Orchestra. FJH String Orchestra. Score and set of parts. Duration 4 minutes, 15 seconds. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.ST6173).

Item Number: FJ.ST6173

Premiered at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, this predominately lyrical work draws its inspiration from ice hotels - temporary hotels made entirely of ice and snow. Strong elements of film scoring prevail throughout the work as it tells the story of the construction, visitors, and eventual melting of the hotel. There are extensive opportunities to feature both your cello soloist and cello section. A very unique work that will captivate your audience.
The original concept of this work was centered around the magnificent ice sculptures that I had seen at various venues throughout my life. It was to reflect everything from simple platters of food to elaborate works of art. As I began researching the topic, I stumbled upon the incredible concept of ice hotels - temporary hotels made entirely of snow and sculpted blocks of ice. There are a handful of these amazing creations throughout the world, reconstructed each year because of their dependence on subzero temperatures during construction and operation. As I continued researching, the scope of the piece changed a bit. While still paying homage to ice sculptures, I incorporated the more dramatic concept of ice hotels as well as the many people that set out to visit these unique destinations. Thus, this work depicts both the construction of the ice hotel, the artwork that exists inside of it, and the spirit of the people tha lodge within. It begins from nothing but blocks of ice and creative ideas. As the architecture begins to come together, the artwork soon comes to life, telling not only its own story but the story of the individuals who created it. It also reflects the adventure and heart of those who come to experience these amazing creations in extreme conditions. Toward the end of the work, the music becomes quite soft and reminiscent as the inevitable happens. The ice melts, taking all of its stories and memories with it until the following year when new stories are told.

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