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"...along a sunlit path..." 
String Orchestra / Grade 3 / ca. 4:35 / (2021) / With a gentle flow q=128

00:00 / 04:33

Yellowstone, WY.                         (Photo: Stephen Hill)

Soundwaves 2021 Summer Music Camp
Omaha Conservatory of Music

Program Notes

“…along a sunlit path”  was composed as a gift for the Omaha Conservatory of Music. The work is an impression of a picture of a woodland path with rays of sunlight breaking through the trees.

The gently flowing music opens with Violin 2 and Viola pulsing back and forth between a bi-tonal passage of C and D. The cello enters with a simple pedal C followed by a lightly chirping Violin 1.

The music is intentionally gentle, optimistic, and punctuated with lyrical melodic lines. The composition passes the themes back and forth between each instrument and reaches a full tutti at measure 82. The work returns to the gentleness of the opening passage of  Violin 2 and Viola and grows in energy to its final cadence on an G Major chord.

This work may be played as a String Quartet (minus the String Bass part) with the opt. quartet part for cello. Or, it may be played as a String Quintet (one on a part).


Violin 1

Violin 2



String Bass

Individual Part Practice Files
Timestamp (2 Bar count off - (Rehearsal A -:28, B-:52, C-:1:16, D-1:31, E-1:47, F-2:10, G-2:34, H-2:59, I-3:23, J-3:48, K-4:06, L-4:12)

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