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Texas Symphony, Movement V. "Metro"

By Kathryn Ellis

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Concert Band, Full Orchestra, Parts can be doubled to accommodate size or instrumentation of orchestra. - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Kathryn Ellis. 21st Century, 20th Century, Contemporary Classical, Neo-Classical, Americana. 73 pages. Published by Ellis (S0.405997).

Item Number: S0.405997

“Metro” is the fifth and final movement of “A Texas Symphony”- This piece takes the listener on a current day musical road trip, from Houstonto Dallas to Austin.  The journey beginswith a travel theme, a variation of which is also then played between eachcity.  The beginning of the travel themeis identified by a snare and timpani rhythm. Houston is the first city of theroad trip an the music represents oil wells pumping – a constant timpani beat andtriangle is played throughout the Houston music to represent the rhythm of the active oilwells pumping. The travel theme comes back with a key change as the music takesthe listener to Dallas, where three ideas are represented; art and glamour,driving on freeway loops around Dallas, and exhilarating night life. The music isupbeat and changes keys several times. The travel theme returns in a different key while traveling to Austin, which is represented by a lyrical Texas waltz, a familiar Texas folk song,  and a fiddle themeplayed in a more classical style.  The finaleis a blending of themes from the three cities and the travel theme.

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