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Goodman: Symphony No. 1 - Fields Of Crimson / Palmer, Altoona Symphony Orchestra

Release Date: 07/08/2003 
Label:  Cd Baby   Catalog #: 5637504984  
Composer:  Todd Goodman
Performer:  Carolyn Donaldson
Conductor:  Nicholas Palmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Altoona Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Symphony No. 1 "Fields of Crimson" is the creative and evocative retelling of the battle of Gettysburg through the power of music. The five movement work takes the listener through pre-battle preparations, the three days of battle, and a heart warming elegy. Feelings of anxiousness, terror, horror, relief and excitement are well placed emotions felt throughout the listening of this tremendous new work.

The composer writes this of his work:
When I was a boy growing up in central Pennsylvania, the Civil War was an omnipresent theme. Although people didn't speak much about it, the ruins of battlefields, historical markers, and monuments, just to name a few, were always its constant reminder. The older I got, the
Read more more I realized how integral these few years of history were to the molding of the foundation of America. When I finally visited these battlefields, the impression left on my mind was one of humble and noble awe. Lives were lost for freedom; freedom from tyranny, freedom of rights, and freedom for life. Symphony No. 1 "Fields of Crimson" is my rendition of this story; my realization and understanding of the necessary horrible evil of war...and my memorial.

The piece is accompanied by a moving narration written by Bedford, Pennsylvania native Justin Cober, currently of Charlottesville, Virginia. The narration is written as diary entries from the perspective of an adolescent girl who lived in the town of Gettysburg in 1863. It tells of the tension in the average family home, the weather, the excitement, and the grief. Being read by central Pennsylvania TV personality Carolyn Donaldson, the narration and music combine and create a dramatic theatrical reenactment of these horrible yet crucial days in American History.
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Works on This Recording

Symphony no 1 "Fields of Crimson" by Todd Goodman
Performer:  Carolyn Donaldson (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Nicholas Palmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Altoona Symphony Orchestra
Period: 21st Century 
Written: 2003; USA 
Date of Recording: 2003 
Venue:  Mishler Theatre, Altoona, Pennsylvania 

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