Pastorale is inspired by the prevalence of wide open farmland that can be found sprawling across the American Midwest. Driving across seemingly endless swaths of cornfields and dairy farms puts one in a contemplative mood, and the vastness of the landscape is certainly beautiful. This tranquil expanse is reflected with open harmonies and a yearning melody that always ends inconclusively. Every time this melody returns, it is mirrored by multiple parts of the ensemble in different configurations, first in two parts and at the climax in three parts simultaneously.
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