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Origin Unknown: A Pole Was Journeying by Cope


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Composer:  Kevin Cope 

Description: "Origin Unknown: A Pole Was Journeying" was written to reflect my lack of connection with my Polish heritage yet my desire to learn more. The piece includes two Polish folk melodies, "A Pole Was Journeying" and "Whirlwinds Raging in the Valley," which are used to tell a hypothetical version of my ancestor's journey to America in, presumably, the early twentieth century. The piece begins with a theme based upon "Whirlwinds Raging in the Valley" which is utilized to represent the common idea "wherever the winds take me." A last look at home follows that is both full of love and loss. The journey then begins across land and the tension builds until the longest leg of the journey is reached, across the Atlantic ocean. As the ship sets out, thoughts turn to the new home ahead and then drift back to Poland. Slowly, the loneliness builds and the guitar allows the saxophone to wander through thoughts of home. Upon reaching the shores of the USA, a reserved excitement takes over until comfort and joy are discovered.

Instrumentation: Guitar & Saxophone

Era: 21st Century

Form: Stand Alone Movement

Type of Work: Chamber Music

Type of Ensemble: Duet

Nationality: America

Parts:  Score


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