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Frank Ticheli, composer

Frank Ticheli composed his setting of the folk song Shenandoah in 1999. In the score he writes: "In my setting of Shenandoah I was inspired by the freedom and the beauty of the folk melody and by the natural images invoked by the words, especially the image of a river. I was less concerned with the sound of a rolling river than with its life-affirming energy—its timelessness. The work’s mood ranges from quiet reflection, through growing optimism, to profound exaltation."

—published score


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