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journey home

Journey Home

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what you get

  • Downloadable PDF Score & Parts for "Journey Home"
  • Streamed audio interviews with musicians: Frank Kimbrough, piano, Ben Monder, guitar, and Steve Wilson, alto
  • Streamed video of Maria discussing the rehearsal and conducting of this piece
   This project was completed on 5/21/2008    read more

Recorded on Allégresse, "Journey Home" is flamenco-flavored in its rhythm. This piece has a flowing feeling that makes it sound easier to play than it actually is. It's written in 12/8, but the bars are subdivided into 6/8 & 3/4 while shifting in various ways using hemiola. Rhythmically, it's a piece the players just have to get in their ears. This doesn't "read down" – trust me on that. It didn't read down for my group either – the band looked at me like I had four heads. But after a time, it just locked into place. The streamed conducting video I included will hopefully be helpful to you. I've heard many a group play this with perfect precision, so it is possible given the time and diligence. The solos are for alto and guitar, but I often have a trombonist play the guitar solo. That solo is included in the 2nd trombone part.

And, while it's not necessary to have cajon play percussion on this piece, it's a nice addition if you have a player handy. It really helps the 6/8 and 3/4 switch-ups to lock into place.


  1. soprano, flute
  2. alto, flute, clarinet (clarinet parts can be played on soprano – also, there's a solo in this part)
  3. tenor
  4. tenor, soprano
  5. bass clarinet, clarinet

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