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Oregon coast sunset. Photo: Andrea Reinkemeyer

Gazing Skyward
for Strings, Harp, Piano, Timpani & Percussion
Andrea Reinkemeyer (Ann Arbor, Michigan - 2001)
Composed in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Music (MM)
in Composition at The University of Michigan

Program Notes:

Gazing Skyward (2001) from Angel's Rest; objects emerge through misty shadows.

The Scenic Highway winds its way through the Columbia River Gorge. Many waterfalls decorate the way; a stop to explore provides the adventurous of heart with many miles of trails to traverse. This project arose from a terrible sense of homesickness for mountains, green trees, and misty summer mornings. Natural beauty has always played an important role in my life; as a child, my family used to do a lot of hiking on those trails. This connection to nature has also mirrored itself in my music and provides a beautiful musical backdrop.

Gazing Skyward is scored for strings, piano, harp, timpani, and percussion: tam-tam, temple bells, marimba, crotales, bass drum, suspended cymbal, and vibraphone


Premiere Performance:

Thursday, February 7, 2002 - 8:00 pm
Michigan Daily News
Hill Auditorium
The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
The University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra
John P. Goodell, conductor