Spirits of the Land (publ. 2004) by Laura Pettigrew
Scored for piccolo, 4 C flutes, alto flute, bass flute
A two-movement work reflective of those who traveled and worked the land hundreds of years ago. Using unique, tonal harmonies, this is a great addition to the repertoire.
1) “Spirits of the Land: As the moon casts her glow over the land, darkness turns to light, the whispering winds rustle through the leaves, and one can almost hear the voices of spirits past – those who traveled and worked the land hundreds of years ago. It never ceases to amaze the composer as she looks out over the expansive landscape of the rolling prairies and wonder how many people have traveled the land.” (composer’s note)
2) “Dawn to Dusk: One can hear the birds and the sounds of the forest as dawn breaks. As night falls and dusk is upon the land, one can imagine the fellowship around a warm fire as the travelers lay their tired bodies to rest. It is these spirits that continue to make their presence known, their hardship, their joy, their sorrow and their passion for life.” (composer’s note)