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CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: Postcards from Wyoming | STACY GARROP • COMPOSER

Postcards from Wyoming


I. High Plains Prairie
II. Call of the Wild
III. The Solitude of Stars

AUDIO
Sinfonia Salt Lake at the Utah Arts Festival; Robert Baldwin, conductor

DURATION
14'

INSTRUMENTATION
fl, cl, vln, vc, pno, perc

YEAR COMPOSED
2017

COMMISSIONER
Utah Arts Festival

ORDERING SCORES
Theodore Presser Company
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ONLINE PERUSAL SCORE
https://issuu.com/theodorepresser/docs/garrop_postcards_from_wyoming_issuu

PROGRAM NOTES
In 2014, I enjoyed a wonderful residence at the Ucross Foundation in Clearmont, Wyoming. Ucross is an artist colony that gives writers, composers, and visual artists the gift of time, space, and support to follow their artistic pursuits; we are provided with studio space, housing, and meals so that we can work almost continuously on our projects. I have been in residence at numerous artist colonies; however, nothing in my previous experiences prepared me for living in such isolated, wild country. Ucross is situated on a 20,000-acre cattle ranch at nearly 4,000 feet in elevation with fewer than 150 people living within the town. But what Clearmont lacks in population, it makes up for abundantly and spectacularly in wilderness and wildlife.

Postcards from Wyoming presents three glimpses of what I found to be the most striking aspects of my residence. The first movement, High Plains Prairie, represents the conundrum that is a high elevation landscape: from afar, the eye sees little else than an unending and threadbare horizon. But as one inspects the land up close, the prairie bursts with color provided by sagebrush, grasses, insects, and creeks. The second movement, Call of the Wild, is a tribute to the wide range of animals that reside in the area. Deer, turkeys, and rabbits frequently passed outside of my studio window; cows and sheep lived in fields close by. Snakes, raccoons, and field mice also made guest appearances. While I’m thankful that I didn’t see any predators (such as wolves), I became increasingly aware of the wildness of the animal population that surrounded my studio. The Solitude of Stars, the third and final movement, was inspired by the stunning nightly display of the heavens above. Without city lights dimming the night sky, countless stars shone brightly over the vast expanse of the prairie.
-S.G.

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Images taken by the composer during her residence at the Ucross Foundation in Clearmont, Wyoming.