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Texas Symphony, Movement I. Galveston, A Pirate Story

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By Kathryn Ellis

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Concert Band, Full Orchestra, Can be adapted to play for small orchestra, community orchestra or full symphony orchestra by doubling parts. - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Kathryn Ellis. 21st Century, 20th Century, Contemporary Classical, Neo-Classical, Americana. Score. 80 pages. Published by Ellis (S0.405873).

Item Number: S0.405873

"Galveston, (from "A Texas Symphony,") is the first movement of five Texas pieces that are musical illustrations of historical events that took place in Texas. "Galveston", tells the story of the "Battle of Three Trees" fought between Jean Lafitte's pirates and the Karankawa Indians, Feb.21, 1821. The battle was a result of the pirates capturing a Karankawa Indian maiden, and the Indians retaliating by capturing one of Lafitte's men. The U.S. Calvary arrived and assisted, and after a three day battle, 21 Indians were killed, and no pirates or U.S. Calvary soldiers were lost. The battle took place by a grove of trees then known as Campeche Cove, known today as "Pirates' Cove", on the West end of Galveston. The music is about 12 minutes in length, scored for orchestra. "Galveston" is traditional romantic style program music. Strings open the piece with a wave theme designed to portray a pirate sailing ship in the Gulf of Mexico, then flows into a pirate theme, followed by a kidnapping theme, and Indian pow-wow with war drums, then the three day fight begins. There is a historical marker at Pirates' Cove erected in 1936 by the Texas Hwy Dept. to commemorate the Battle Of Three Trees.

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