a tone poem for orchestra

Composition Date: 1979
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piccolo
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 3 x Horn
  • 3 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 3 x Percussion
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
Where the prairies break like badlands.
These are places of stark contrasts
which each visitor perceives differently.
Perhaps remembered (or only imagined)
is the grotesque grandeur of the badlands
ablaze with sunlight,
or the distant sound of creatures of the night.
Perhaps it is the echo of the song of a
tipsy whisky trader.
Perhaps recalled is a lonely tepee ring,
its people forgotten,
or the ungainly waltz of an old settler,
or the haunted chorale of a little churchyard,
or a thousand other images.
Where the prairies break lie badlands.

Commissioned by: Lethbridge Symphony Association to commemorate 75th anniversary of the Province, 1979.

Premiere Information:
25/02/1980 Yates Centre, Lethbridge; Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, Stewart Grant conducting


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 J13bad
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • January 25, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (102 p.) :
    102 Pages
    Height: 36 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 146
    24 parts (available for rent) ([146] p.) ; 32 cm.
    Height: 32 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Full Symphonic Orchestra with large percussion section
    Prelude and Canzona
    Waltz and Chorale
    (all sections are "attacca")
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