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Aviation Show

"Sunward I've climbed..."

Clarinet and Piano / ca. 3:35 / 2015 / Expressively, with ebb and flow h=60

00:00 / 02:42
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Program Notes

Composed in 2007, Sunward I’ve Climbed, was written at the request of Peter Alexander (Alexander Publishing) and is part of a larger project of Solo Compositions written for each major instrument of the Orchestra: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn in F,  Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba,  Violin,  Viola, Cello and Double Bass. The project consisted of composing music for specific poems chosen by Peter that he felt reflected the character of each instrument.  For the Solo Flute, the poem assigned was High Flight by John Gillespie Magee.

 

High Flight 

by John Gillespie Magee

 

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.

Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-spilt clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,

I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

 

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or even eagle flew.

And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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