Frederick Frahm: Indian Earth for oboe (flute), Bb clarinet, bassoon and organ
Organ, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Woodwind Trio - Advanced
Composed by Frederick Frahm. 21st Century, Sacred, Native American. Score, Set of Parts. 33 pages. Published by Musik Fabrik (S0.229777).
Item Number: S0.229777
Commissioned by the American Guild of Organists,
For the Region VII AGO Convention, 2009
Indian Earth, after a book of poetry by Santa Fe poet Witter Bynner, explores the mystical cultures and resplendent terrain of the American
Southwest. An underlying tenor ofthis collection is the complex relationship between the earth and humanity, and metaphorically the discord
between native and colonial peoples. Bynner captures the essence of these relationships in this way:
"It is the earth itself that hems you round against intruders alien to the earth, that brings you heaven under a shadowy tree, curves heaven to
your arm and lets you lie close to its living thorn. The crown is yours, not theirs. You know the one divinity, the only death, the offering of
the heart to the cruel earth, the love, the consummation."
The three movements of the work progress from a quiet melancholy to exuberance, from darkness to light. Frahm makes use of an architectural
approach to music composition in this piece, as in the building of an adobe wall brick by brick. Self-contained musical structures, often in four bar
units, are symmetrically arranged as a technique of musical development. The final movement, 'Alleluias', is based in part on plainchant tone 6 from
the Graduale Romanum.
Flute may be substituted for the oboe part
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