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The Wendigo for Brass Quartet

Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
1 minute
Modern classical music
Brass quartet

Wendigo: In the mythology of Northern Algonquins, an evil sprit; one of a fabulous tribe of cannibals. (Websters Unabridged Dictionary.)

Originally commissioned for the a cappella SATB theme of a national Halloween Festival, Sibelius rejected the score because of the lyrics of the piece, penned by Ogden Nash (who hasn't been alive for decades and who's estate said I could use the lyrics.) Anyway, as a primarily BRASS composer, the piece lent itself to a brass quartet, even if the wonderfully image-rich lyrics do not make an appearance. To check out Nash's lyrics, go to: http://wordcraft.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/332607094/m/9706073955

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