"A New Hope" for Jessica

My adorable (yet growing-up-way-too-fast) niece Jessica is graduating from the 5th grade in a few weeks & will be starting middle school in the fall. In preparation for their graduation celebration, my sister has been charged with gathering photos of all the 5th graders in the elementary school and putting together a slideshow. Since they can't use any copyright-protected music, she asked me if I would be willing to write 5 minutes worth of background music for the slideshow that will be shown during the ceremony and later burned onto CDs for all of the students.

The result was A New Hope – a 5-minute piece  reflecting nostalgia, happiness, & hope. Piano provides the instrumental basis for the piece. Jessica will be playing flute in 6th grade band in the fall, so I of course merged the piano melodies with flute as the piece progressed. Here's the recording followed by the instrumentation:


A New Hope (electronic realization)


Piano 4-hands
Electric Bass
Percussion 1 (Bells, Ocean Drum)
Percussion 2 (Suspended Cymbal, Egg Shaker, Bell Tree, Mark Tree)
Percussion 3 (Concert Bass Drum, Claves)
Drum Set
Violin 1
Violin 2