Bill McGlaughlin & the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Bill writes, "The inspiration to compose Aaron's Horizons came from necessity. We were putting together a show with members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for the American Symphony Orchestra League and I'd settled on Appalachian Spring in the original 13-player orchestration, which I've always loved and have conducted many times. I also was thinking of the time in the 1970s when Mr. Copland and I took the SPCO on tour. Aaron would conduct the first half of the concert, including Appalachian Spring, and I'd take over for the second half.
"Copland's instrumentation is unusual; in fact, it was dictated by the size of the space allowed for the orchestra at the premiere, which was given in the auditorium of the Library of Congress. I decided to take advantage of this particular orchestra and try my hand at a piece that might reflect my love of Copland's work and my admiration for the man, including my gratitude for the kindness and respect he always showed me. The result was Aaron's Horizons, which was largely composed while walking along the Missouri River."
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