Philadelphia Portraits: A Spiritual Journey
piccolo, piano
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Philadephia Portraits: A Spiritual Journey for Piccolo and Piano by Cynthia Folio

Suggested by Lois Bliss Herbine of a piece witht a Philadelphia theme, she also supplied the composer with some of Persichetti's music.  The first movement is of Vincent Persichetti, and is inspired by three of his pieces--Parable XII, Christmas Hymn and the Andante movement of his 7th Symphony.  The movement begins with a solo cadenza, developing two short motives from the parable.  It later quotes two short phrases from both the hymn and symphony.  The second movement is John Coltrane, and the movement alludes to some of his famous tunes and "licks."  Marian Anderson is the third movement, and it is a contemporary setting of "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child", a spiritual she had recorded.  The fourth movement is Benjamin Franklin, with the attempt to evoke the ringing, high-pitched sounds of Franklin's glass armonica through the use of the high register of the piano combined with the middle register of the piccolo.  The final portrait is of Betsy Ross, with the movement containing snippets from fife and drum tunes along with a few old patriotic songs, including La Belle Catherine, Battle Cry of Freedom, Reveille, Crown Point, Yankee Doodle and You're a Grand Old Flag.

I. Vincent Persichetti
II. John Coltrane
III. Marian Anderson
IV. Benjamin Franklin
V. Betsy Ross