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Michael Mauldin

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Ghost Ranch, which I visited as a child, is a well-known conference center on a cattle ranch near the foothills of the Jemez Mountains. It was the home of artist Georgia O'Keefe. The huge mesas surrounding the ranch take on an eerie quality after dark; the echoes of bird calls and wind create an evocative atmosphere. The first and last sections of 'Promontory Night' recreate that air. One imagines he hears the echoes of past human activity, even the good times--the celebrations, the dances--which the 'B' section of the piece recalls before dissolving back into the opening material.


Digitized with funding from the Center for Regional Studies.


Dedicated to "the spirits at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, the work was premiered Feburary 18, 1979 in Albuquerque by the New Mexico Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Yoshimi Takeda, Music Director, Kurt Frederick, guest conductor. Instrumentation: 2122, 2 hns, 1 tpt, bells, strgs. ASCAP Title Code: 460272133. Date Composed: 1977. Copyright: (sr) 1983 M Mauldin. Duration: 7:50. Score/Parts: Published by Harmonic Services Group, 436 River Rock Court, San Jose, CA 95136-3903, 408 269 2301.




Michael Mauldin


Orchestral music -- Scores, Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu, N.M.)-- Songs and music

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Promontory Night

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