Duration: ca. 16′ (I. 5′, II. 6’30″, III. 4’30″)
"Three Excursions" was commissioned by the Virginia unit of the American String Teachers Association in conjunction with the Youth Orchestras of Prince William, in Woodbridge, Virginia.The goal of the commission was to create a new upper-level youth orchestra work for string orchestra and percussion that would incorporate primarily non-Western musical traditions, giving students a chance to explore the music of cultures other than their own. The titles of the three movements are "West African", " East Asian" and "Bohemian".
"Three Excursions" is dedicated to Susan Kervick, President of the Virginia Unit of the American String Teachers Association, and the musicians of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William, Christopher Memoli, conductor. It was first performed by the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William on November 22, 1996, as part of the 1996 Virginia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, held at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia.
Note: While written for youth orchestra, "Three Excursions" is also appropriate for community and small professional orchestras, and has been particularly successful for children’s concerts.
"Three Excursions" for String Orchestra and Percussion was written by Ellen Lindquist in 1996. This work was commissioned by the American String
Teachers Association in conjunction with the Youth Orchestras of Prince William, Woodbridge, VA. There are three movement to this piece: West African, East Asian, Bohemian. Exciting work involving some unique techniques. This will challenge your performers. Fun music. On the WSMA list. Also available as a PDF.