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[#23] December 30, 2019

2018 | Wind Ensemble | Grade 4 | 5’- 10’ | Tone poem

Sally Lamb McCune

High Water Rising by Sally Lamb McCune is our Composition of the Week.

The piece is about 8 to 9 minutes long and uses a standard Wind Ensemble

Instrumentation. It is organized in two sections played without interruption going from slow and mysterious to fast and frantic, creating great momentum. A wonderful contribution to the medium -difficult level literature.

Born in Detroit in 1966, Lamb McCune was educated at University of Toronto, California Institute of the Arts, and earned an MFA and DMA from Cornell University (1998). Her principal teachers have included Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra and Mel Powell. McCune’s music continues to gain national and international recognition with performances across North America and Europe.

McCune has taught at Cornell University, Syracuse University and is currently on the faculty at Ithaca College. She has served as guest composer at Eastman School of Music, University of South Carolina, Pepperdine University, University of Pittsburgh, Bradford and as Composer-In-Residence in regional public schools in Syracuse and Ithaca.

Her music has been described as “contemporary, edgy, descriptive, and extremely soulful,” and she has become an important voice in the rising generation of American composers. Her works, which range from solo and chamber pieces to music for chorus, wind ensemble and orchestra, are convincing and evocative, often blending the traditional with the avant-garde.

McCune lives and works in Ithaca, New York, where she teaches at Ithaca College.


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