Carl Topilow suggested a collaboration between Mauldin and Richard Lamm, who had written a narration about the American West and who was looking for a composer to set it. At the same time, Toni Watkins, a member of the NRO board, approached Mauldin to commission a work in honor of her husband's memory. The work was "dedicated to Victor Watkins, who came to this country as a young boy from a land where hope had died to a land where hope was infinite, and who loved this country, fought for it and believed in it through all his life."
Digitized with funding from the Center for Regional Studies.
Monologues with music (Orchestra) -- Scores, Orchestral music -- Scores, West (U.S.) -- History -- Songs and music
Mauldin, Michael. "The American West : concertpiece for narrator and orchestra." (1986). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/nm_composer_archive/551