Prairie Portraits is an expression of the composer's love
for the wide open prairies of her homeland — Winnipeg,
Manitoba, Canada. Manitoba, with its almost always sunny
skies (be the temperature 90 degrees above zero in the
short summers or 35 below zero during the long winters),
gave her great freedom of spirit. Chicago, Illinois, Ms.
Morehead's current home, is for her just a much bigger
Winnipeg surrounded by farmland as was her hometown up
north. Prairie Portraits was commissioned and premiered by
English hornist, Carolyn Hove of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in
July 2010. It was rescored for alto saxophone in June, 2012. The music
was inspired by an excerpt from the poem "Abe Lincoln in
The Landscape of Chance" by Nina Corwin.
3 movements with moderate technique.
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