Student Composition Recitals
II. Take Off
III. In Flight
Arne Anderson, Sarah Chasse, Anna Porter, Alisha Symington, and Michael Wood, percussion
Jonathan Lyons, conductor
In early September I had the opportunity to travel to Florida by airplane for a friend's wedding. Flying is a form of transportation I have always been most drawn towards: the excitement of finding the right gate in the airport, the rattling take off, and the breathtaking clouds. Fortunately, I have had many opportunities in my lifetime to fulfill my enjoyment of this thrill. As I sat on the plane, I attempted without success to remember the first time I flew in an airplane. I started to think what it would feel like to experience this for the first time. I wanted to represent through music what this could mean. I could not imagine better instrumentation to replicate the adventure than percussion. First Flight takes the listener through three stages of the air-travel process. "Boarding" represents the feeling of happiness and adventure along with a few moments of confusion as one attempts to find the correct gate. "Take off" displays the rumbling of the engine and the timid spirit of a new traveler as the plane leaves the ground. Lastly, "In Flight" is a discovery of the power and beauty of the sky as the vast clouds are viewed for the first time.
© 2014 Alisha Symington. All Rights Reserved
Cedarville, music, composition
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Symington, Alisha, "First Flight" (2014). Student Composition Recitals. 88.
© 2014 Alisha Symington
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