Final push and revised structure

January 15, 2019

My due date for submitting the final score and parts is about a month away and I am working full-tilt to complete. As of right now I have full drafts of 14 of 16 movements. Phew! I will complete the last two this week and then begin working on editing, formatting, and score and part preparation. It is always nice to NOT be racing against the clock during this final stage. Ive made a few big changes to the structure in the past month, eliminating a couple of movements to make the structure a bit tighter, since the overall duration kept getting longer! The piece is now 16 movements instead of 18, with the "Prelude" and "Postlude" absorbed into the first and last main sections. Below is a breakdown of the new structure, which I *think* will stick. In the coming weeks I will begin to post information on each movement separately in order to help me begin to write my program notes, which will likely be lengthy. 


Red hot sun turning over 

on Southern monuments, myths, and histories


a concert piece for mezzo-soprano, wind ensemble, recorded sound, and archival film 

by David Kirkland Garner

duration ca. 75-80 minutes




PEDESTAL (Monument march)

ARIA (Vacant river)

INTERLUDE (Have you ever been to Nashville?)



ARIA (Weeping dreamer)

INTERLUDE (Makes a long time man feel bad)

PEDESTAL (Battle monument scherzo)

MONUMENT (Long winds)





INTERLUDE (Red hot sun turning over) 

ARIA (Beautiful and sad)

MONUMENT (Short winds)

PEDESTAL (Woodman, spare that tree)



PEDESTAL (Hail Columbia)

MONUMENT (Distress)

INTERLUDE (Longest day) 

ARIA-POSTLUDE (Lonely chair)



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