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Panorama Trail

By Sean O'Loughlin

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Orchestra Cello, Contrabass, Piano, Viola, Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3 - Grade 1.5
Composed by Sean O'Loughlin. First-Plus String Orchestra (FAS). Set of Score and Parts. With Standard notation. 8+8+5+2+3+5+5+8 pages. Duration 2 minutes, 25 seconds. Carl Fischer Music #FAS99. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.FAS99).

Item Number: CF.FAS99

ISBN 9781491143087. Key: G major.

The music evokes sounds of the expansive southwest. It contains open American sounding harmonies made famous by the likes of Copland, yet it has all of the signature sounds of Sean O'Loughlin's music. Lyrical lines are accompanied and contrasted by angular rhythmic figures.
Panorama Trail is a composition for the developing string orchestra in the spirit of the old movie westerns. This style was influenced by some of the great American composers like Aaron Copland and Ferde Grofe. The style is immediately recognized by its pulsing rhythms and soaring melodies. Panorama Trail embodies these traits and more. The expansive opening gesture sets the tone for the entire work. The main melody makes its first entrance at m. 13. Bring out the lyrical quality of the line, which is completely opposite of the pulsing rhythmic accompaniment. The dynamics are essential in the next section at m. 25 to create the most musical phrase possible. The lyrical quality takes over fully at m. 33. With a soaring melody and lush accompaniment, the section should have a quiet intensity. A final rhythmic idea is introduced at m. 44, which is an outgrowth of the initial opening gesture of the work. This continues as the melody returns at m. 54. Continue overemphasizing the dynamics to ensure an exciting ending.

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