The Message on the Rock

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The Message on the Rock, op. 102
East Central Middle School Honor Band, Brookings, South Dakota
2004 – grade 2 – 4:45
Alfred Music – #22278


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The musical inspiration for this piece came from the scenes and speeches on a rock emblazoned with battle scenes from our nation's history. The piece opens with a military-sounding march that leads to a solemn section over which a narrator reads the speeches seen on the rock while a muted trumpet plays "Taps" in the background. The initial march then returns, with fragments of numerous patriotic melodies juxtaposed with the original melody, coming to an exciting ending. (4:45) This title is available in SmartMusic.

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