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Deep Forest, Op 34 No 1. 1931
A... fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, tpt, timp, strgs, 10 mins
This has the subtitle Prelude for Little Symphony. It was originally written for chamber orchestra in 1931, and revised for full orchestra in 1934. Like many of her New England colleagues, Daniels spent several summers at the MacDowell Colony and was inspired by the New Hampshire woods. She wrote of this, and the companion piece 'Pirate's island': "I had no program in mind for these pieces. The idea came to me when looking out from the windows of an old tower on a cliff by the ocean during a summer's day stroll. Through the window towards the land I saw in my imagination 'Deep Forest'. It is impossible not to be inspired by the magnificent surroundings at the Colony. I so constantly heard a flute against a background of muted strings, whenever I walked, that I finally had to put it on paper." It was frequently performed in her lifetime; the important conductors who took it up included Serge Koussevitsky and John Barbirolli. We, The Ambache, gave its European premiere in London in May 2004.
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