IUP WInd Ensemble, Jack Stamp
2004 J.W. Pepper Editors Choice Selection
Bb Clarinet 1/2
Bb Bass Clarinet
Alto Saxophone 1/2
Horn in F 1/2
Bb Trumpet 1/2
Percussion 1 (snare drum, bass drum, triangle)
Percussion 2 (suspended cymbal, tam-tam, tambourine, woodblock)
Mallet Percussion (bells, xylophone) - optional
Appalachian Air is based on the classic folk tune, The Poor Wayfaring Stranger. With roots from an old irish melody, this song was passed on by word of mouth throughout the Appalachian Mountains for many years. The message carried by the song is a powerful one - although life may be full of woe and sorrow now, there is hope for salvation and a much brighter tomorrow.
J.W. PEPPER BLURB
"From the warmth of the opening chords you begin to sense the breadth of this impressive piece. Based on The Poor Wayfaring Stranger, the first half is poignant and touching followed by a surprisingly exuberant and uplifting second half. The fresh scoring and imaginative rhythmic interplay creates an exceptional artistic work."
J.W. Pepper, Editor's Choice (August 2005)