Platte Plains

full orchestra
(3[III=picc].picc.2[II=eh].eh.3[III=bcl].bcl.2 – – timp.perc(3).glock – strings)
duration: 11:50

This score presents a musical narrative, bringing you for a hike along the Platte Plains Trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (headquarters in Empire, MI). It is part of “Sanctuary Sketches” a larger work-in-progress seeking to explore the beautiful parks and nature preserves of northern Michigan through music, writing, painting, and photography.

Ms. 1-12 Introduction (Adagio luminoso) – sunrise in the woods
Ms. 13-32 Accel. (Allegretto con slancio) – the hikers bravely set off on the trail
Ms. 33-75 Main Themes (Allegro con grazio) – voices of the woods, needles & cones, (piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon & trumpet solos)
Ms. 76-92 (Largo pesante) – one hiker is very tired and complaining (tuba solo)
Ms. 94-115 (Adagio tranquillo con molto rubato) – the tired hiker is inspired when he finds a wild blue iris (flute, English horn & clarinet solo)
Ms. 116-165 (Moderato con spirito) – climbing the White Pine hills
Ms. 166-195 (Adagio Maestoso) – discovering Lake Michigan (horn solo and winds feature)
Ms. 196-222 (Larghetto sognando/Risoluto/Adagio affettuoso) – turning back; one last look (English horn, trumpet & strings feature)
Ms. 223-269 Main Themes recap (Allegro con grazio) – needles & cones; bolder voices of the woods
Ms. 270-277 (Adagio Maestoso) – a moment captured
Ms. 278-295 Coda – in the homestretch, triumphant return

watch the 2020 virtual premiere

This video provides an electronic rendering of the full orchestral score using audio samples of acoustic instruments and a dramatic slideshow of images from Platte Plains demonstrating the musical narrative.

watch the 2022 world premiere

This work received its world premiere on 9 July, 2022, with the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Riccobono.

The BASO & Manitou Winds perform the world premiere of Platte Plains
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