The Outside Suite for String Orchestra offers a musical trek up a mountain trial to the mountain’s summit. As the suite begins, The Mountain appears in the distance with imposing, majestic glory. The congenial hike up The Trail is not without skips, jumps and the occasional climbing challenge. And upon reaching The Summit, the breathtaking view is surpassed only by the wild winds and the thrill of finally reaching the top.
While any one of the movements can be excerpted and presented as a single piece, the complete Outside Suite works will as a three-movement excursion in to a spectrum of textures and tempi appropriately crafted for the intermediate to advanced level youth and community string orchestra (Mvt I grade 3.5; Mvt II grade 4.5; Mvt III grade 3.5).
I. The Mountain
II. The Trail
III. The Summit
The Outside Suite for String Orchestra was commissioned in 1998 by Janie H. Harris, Executive Director of the Institute for the Environment Through the Arts, as part of the Institute’s two-year 1998-2000 Youth Orchestra Project.
Score and parts included: Violin 1+2, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabass