A New Beginning, scored for piccolo, 3 C-flutes, alto flute (alternate C-flute part included), bass flute and optional contrabass flute, was commissioned by The Hampton Roads Flute Choir to commemorate the 400th anniversay of the founding of Jamestown, Virginia. This programmatic piece is written in one movement and is comprised of several continuous sections descriptive of aspects of the history of Jamestown.
Arrival in a New Land – celebrates the exhilaration and wonder the settlers must have felt when finally arriving in the New World in 1607 after their long journey at sea.
Building a Community – conveys industriousness as the settlers build the first permanent English settlement in the New World and settle into day to day life. The section is based on an eight bar melody from a folk song from the late 1600s called The Bold Pedlar and Robin Hood.
Troubled Times – By mid-1607 the settlers were experiencing troubled times. Disease was rampant and John Smith was captured by Indians.
Pocahontas Helps the Settlers – describes the saving of John Smith and a new spirit of cooperation between the Indians and the settlers beginning in 1608.
A New Season of Hope – Although Jamestown would suffer many setbacks before its eventual success was assured, cordial relations with the Indians gave the settlers hope.
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