Earth and Green

for Orchestra

Clint Needham

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Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
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Program Note:

"The only thing I care about is the expression of man's basic emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, destiny."
- Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko?s paintings have always fascinated to me. The profound, yet understated
messages I take from his works have continually inspired me to create as well as reflect. In
"Earth and Green" I have attempted to musically capture both the essence and the literal found
in Rothko?s work of the same title. In the painting Earth and Green there are two sections;
hues of reds and hues of greens. The bold red "Earth" in the painting, which I have entitled
Enticing Fires, conveys to me a great struggle full of anxiety, fear, anguish, and rage. The
peaceful "Green" in the painting, entitled Calm Reflections, transcends all tribulations previously
expressed. The juxtaposition of these two extremes as well as the form and balance of the
painting are reflected in the music.

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Additional Information

Composition Date 2006
Duration 00:13:00
Orchestration 3 3 3 3 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
Premiere August 13, 2008. Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, conducted by Larry Rachleff, Benedict Music Tent, Aspen, CO.

Details

PART 1: Enticing Fires
PART 2: Calm Reflections

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