The Natural Lands

A Suite for Tuba Euphonium Quartet

By Shawn W. Davern

*Winner of the International Tuba Euphonium Associations 2019 R. Winston Morris Award for Excellence for Tuba Euphonium Composition

Eric Goode, Kevin J. Stees, Sean Macomber & Phillip Marion, 2018
Year: 2017

Duration: 11:00

Difficulty: Advanced

Commissioned by and dedicated to my friend, Eric Goode

The World Premiere was received on May 8th, 2017 on 
Eric Goode's Graduate Recital at Boston University.

This piece was recorded on January 13th,2018 in Room 1115 
of the 
Forbes Center for the Performing Arts at James Madison 

Program Notes

The Natural Lands, A Suite for Euphonium Quartet was commissioned by and dedicated to my dear friend Eric Goode for his Graduate Recital at Boston University. The suite pays homage to the beautiful landscapes of Ithaca, New York and is named after the vast wood that is spread all around the city, coined affectionally by the locals as The Natural Lands. he first movement, entitled Return of the Road, is a bright and flourishing fanfare and theme, encompassing the feelings of me excitingly traveling to Ithaca, with the nostalgia from the summer following behind me.  The second movement, entitled Her World, is a lush chorale, reflecting the inner most joy and serenity that occurs when you step into the world of someone you love most. The third movement, entitled “It’s Always Quicker Going Home”, is a jocular jazz waltz, depicting my eagerness to come home and then head back to Boston.
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