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Monument Valley March

By Doris Gazda

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Orchestra String Orchestra - Grade 3
Composed by Doris Gazda. Carl Fischer Concert String Orchestra Series. Score and Parts. With Standard notation. 12 pages. Carl Fischer Music #CAS43. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.CAS43).

Item Number: CF.CAS43

ISBN 9780825867095. 8.5 X 11 inches. Key: G major.

In free-flowing 6/8 time, this piece moves effortlessly thorough the standard march form. Doris presents a tuneful, original piece that will be lots of fun for string players.
Monument Valley is a flat, sandy landscape interrupted by colorful red buttes and spires that rise hundreds of feet into the air. The valley lies in southern Utah and northern Arizona and is completely within the Navajo reservation. The stunning landscape was recognized by Hollywood as a spectacular backdrop for western films. Formations known as the "Mittens," "Totem Pole Rock" and "El Capitan" are easily recognizable in films such as Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Easy Rider and Forest Gump. In 1884, President Chester Arthur added this region by executive order to the Navajo Reservation. Some years later the Navajo Nation established the Monument Valley Tribal Park that includes some of the most well-known buttes, mesas and monoliths. This made the area accessible to thousands of tourists who visit the region each year. Monument Valley March, an exciting piece written for string orchestra, may make you think of movie scenes with the fast action of cowboys on their horses galloping across the open areas of the dramatic landscape of Monument Valley.

About Carl Fischer Concert String Orchestra Series

This series of pieces (Grade 3 and higher) is designed for advancing ensembles. The pieces in this series are characterized by:

  • Expanded use of rhythms, ranges and keys but technical demands are still carefully considered
  • More comprehensive bowing techniques
  • Viola T.C. included
  • Careful selection of keys and degree of difficulty for advancing musicians

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