River of Grass

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River of Grass, op. 232
South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
2020 – grade 4.5 – 5:50

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River of Grass was commissioned by the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Youth Pride Band of South Florida.  The commission was funded by the Jon Sims Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts (www.jsef.org).

Inspired by the Everglades, often thought of as a slow-moving river of grass just to the west of Ft. Lauderdale, the piece begins with a fast-paced tempo inspired by a ride in an air-boat, gliding over the sawgrass through the marshes and flatwoods.  As evening descends, the music depicts night-time in the glades, with moonlight shimmering on the water, but with a sense of solitude and uneasiness knowing you are surrounded by the many creatures that call this place home.  The piece ends with a sea-plane ride taking us from Lake Okeechobee to the coastal waters, soaring over the sparkling skyline and glittering beaches.