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Work


The Spirit of the Land, Op. 18

for symphony orchestra

Year:  1998   ·  Duration:  15m
Instrumentation:  2222; 4331; timp., 3 perc.; strings

Year:  1998
Duration:  15m
Instrumentation  2222; 4331; timp., 3 perc.;...

Ray Twomey
Composer

Composer:   Ray Twomey

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Sample: Pages 1-8

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About

This work was composed as a millennial tribute to the great country of Canada. The piece is constructed around various traditional folk melodies. The main theme is based on Land of the Silver Birch and, symbolically, other themes come from I's the b'y that built the boat, Freres Jaques and of course, a reference to the national anthems of France and England (distorted to reflect those cultures being modified to Canada's use). Within the tone-poem is an evocation of sunset on the prairies, a hoedown and a magnificent climax representing the Rocky Mountains and reflecting the optimism that should continue to be Canada's birthright.


Dedication note

With love to Cathie: wife, mother and a wonderful Canadian


Contents note

one movement


Performance history