In The Crater of a Fallen Giant
For Concert Band
This is a wonderful piece that was inspired by the Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. Crater Lake was formed approximately 7,700 years ago when the 12,000ft Mount Mazama Volcano erupted explosively. This caused it to collapse and create an enormous caldera that has since filled with rain water and snow melt. This once massive volcano has created an absolutely stunning vista that is simply breathtaking.
This piece cartures the feelings of the current view, as well as what it might have been like before as well as during the eruption.
This is a great piece to introduce students to asymmetrical meter as there are many rhythmic patterns that repeat throughout the piece, making the concept more accessible to younger players.