||"Three Root River Scenes" for solo Piano was written in 2012 by Donald J. Young. This was commissioned by the Wisconsin Alliance of Composers with the generous support of the Wisconsin Arts Board. Program Notes
Three Root River Scenes For Solo Piano By
Donald J. Young
I. Good Times At River Bend
River Bend Nature Center is located on 80 acres of natural area along the banks of the Root River in Racine, Wisconsin. The forests, fields and wetlands provide habitats for many different plant and wildlife communities, as well as many recreational opportunities for hikers, cross-country skiers, paddlers, bird watchers and all students of nature.
I often reflect back on the time I spent with my daughter and her kindergarten class exploring the River Bend Nature Center in Racine. It was a cool fall day, and everyone enjoyed the activities led by the science teacher. Finding life under the leaves, tapping sap from a maple tree, and enjoying the scenery made for very pleasant memories.
II. Cloudy Day, River Rising
Imagine yourself walking along the river path in Washington park on a cloudy day. The water level is slowly rising as rains from the north increase the depth of the Root River. This slow movement attempts to foreshadow the coming storm and subsequent flood of 2008.
III. Pounding Rain, Raging River
The storm hits. The river rises rapidly to flood stage. High rhythmic activity and