First Journey of the Madeleine Zephyr
a festive overture
Instrumentation: 313(3+alto sax)2 3210 Perc(1) ElGtr Pno Str
Composed for the Idyllwild Arts Academy's graduating class of 1989, this work's distinctive instrumentation owes to the fact that the Academy — then called Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA) — was then in its infancy, and the music program still quite small.
The ending chord depicts dusk at the "Grotto": an enchanting spot on Strawberry Creek which every ISOMATA alumnus will remember with special fondness.