Where Leaves and Birds a Music Spin
Composed by Benjamin McMillan
Published by Cimarron Music Press
Includes score, flute/piccolo part, and tuba part
“Where Leaves and Birds A Music Spin” consists of six short movements, each loosely depicting a scene in nature.
I. Borne On a Great Wind
II. And the River Flows Ever Onwards
III. Emerson's Acorn
IV. Through Dawn Mist, A Doe
VI. Lithic Engines
The first scene is a fantasy of being carried on the wind, rushing over the landscape below. The second follows the journey of a river, through winding meandering paths to rapids. The third movement is based on a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay on History that reads, “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” In the fourth, a scene unfolds of a foggy morning and the appearance of a doe. The word Dauwtrappen comes from Dutch and describes the concept of walking barefoot in the morning grass when the grass is still covered in dew. The final movement imagines the inner workings of the planet, with lithic, or rock and magma, engines driving continents, creating new lands, mountain ranges, as well as the slow destruction and recycling of the old.
Although I have suggested scenes with each title, I don't intend these to be concrete depictions, and the listener should let their minds wander freely and create their own scenes as the piece progresses.