“Valle Grande: Overture for Double String Orchestra,” commissioned by the Eldorado High School Orchestra in Albuquerque NM, was premiered by the school's top two string orchestras, conducted by Ruth Striegel on May 3, 2016. It was inspired by a trip that the conductor and I and the students made to Valles Caldera National Preserve the previous September.
When Ruth asked me to write a piece for her orchestras that was inspired by a place I loved in New Mexico, it coincided with the opening of the preserve. Since the Jemez Mountains are my favorite place in the state, I had often admired the expansive caldera—then private land—from the highway. But getting a guided tour of it with the students was a peak experience—a lovely confluence of old and new.
A single-movement work for two high-school string-orchestras
A sequenced performance may be heard & downloaded at https://soundcloud.com/michael-mauldin/valle-grande-overture-for-double-string-orchestra-sequenced
high-school string orchestra, double string orchestra, cinematic music
Mauldin, Michael D.. "Valle Grande: Overture for Double String Orchestra." (2015). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/nm_composer_archive/645